Dedika

Myst ery Prm ate of Cent ral Africa. Etymology: Kot a or Teke (Bant u) word. Variant names: Dodiéka, Tschimpênso (Yombe/Bant u).

Physical description: Like a chimpanzee but larger and wit h a black face. Sagit t al crest. Distribution: Republic of t he Congo; Gabon. Possible explanations:

(1) Originally t hought t o be a Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) x Gorilla (Gorillagorilla) hybrid or t ransit ion species.

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(2) Skulls and skins are now considered t o be t hose of eit her male chimpanzees or female gorillas.

Sources: Eduard Pechuël-Loesche, Die Loango-Expedition (Leipzig, Germany: P. Frohberg, 1879-1907), vol. 3, pp. 246-250; Henri Neuville, "A propos d'un crâne de gorille rapport é de la Likouala-Mossaca par le Dr. A. Durieux," L'Anthropologie 23 (1912): 363-396; Bernard Heuvelmans, Les bêtes humaines d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1980), pp. 418-421, 426-427.

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