Anthropopithecus Blainville, 1838
Year: 1838
Taxonomic Rank: Genus
No type specimen details available.
Status: Invalid
Remark: Homonym

Blainville (1838) established Anthropopithecus troglodytes, in reference to chimpanzees.

Brinton (1885) uses the name "anthropopithecus" in reference to ape-man and in contrast to "anthropus" for man. Brinton uses the name informally and not as a proposal for a new taxon.

Dubois (1892) used the genus name Anthropopithecus in a quarterly field report describing the initial finds from Trinil, and especially the partial cranium (calotte) referred to as Trinil 2 or "Skull 1". Dubois (1894) subsequently moved erectus to the genus Pithecanthropus.

Campbell (1965) noted that Anthropopithecus is an objective junior synonym for Pan Oken, 1816, as determined by a decision of the ICZN in case 1368 (Tubbs, 1985). The genus name is therefore available but objectively invalid.


Additional References
D. G. Brinton
Anthropos and anthropopithecus
Science, 5(105), 104, 1885
E. Dubois
Palaeontologische onderzoekingen op Java
Verslag van het Mijnwezen (May be published in 1893), 3, 10-14, 1892

E. Dubois
Pithecanthropus Erectus. Eine menschenaehnliche Uebergangsform aus Java
Pithecanthropus Erectus. Eine menschenaehnliche Uebergangsform aus Java, G.E. Stechert & Co, New York, 1894

B. Campbell
The nomenclature of the hominidae, including a definitive list of hominid taxa
Occaisional Papers of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22, 1-33, 1965