|(New Ape Man)|
|Homeworld||Campoleone, Stein's Folly, Despair|
|Average mass||80 kg|
|System||A Time of War|
|Traits||Animal Cognition, Pack Hunter (4–20), Tool User|
|Skills||Animal Language +4, AniMelee +4, Climbing +2, Perception +4, Tracking +2|
Roughly similar to the Pithecanthropus or "Upright Ape-Man" of old Terra, this is a loose grouping of many different species found accross human occupied space that have stone age technology or lower.
The species has been found evolving separately but concurrently on Campoleone, Stein's Folly, Despair, and other worlds scattered throughout the Inner Sphere and Periphery. There is a related but sufficiently distinct species found on Old Kentucky. Famously encountered on Stein's Folly by an injured Ardan Sortek. After ejecting from his Victor while in battle with House Liao forces, he found himself encountering a tribe of these creatures which he simply referred to as the "Pinks" due to their unusual eyes. Battling with a high fever at the time, he was uncertain if his encounter with them even happened at all. Ardan would vaguely remember these pink eyed creatures, which he described as having a small fat body, pale skin, and possessing small fur hides. The tribe took him to a clearing where he was tied to a tree surrounded by human skeletons.
- A Time of War Companion, pp. 126-127, 132, "Neopithecanthropus"
- Sword and the Dagger, pp.122-128, 130-134 - Ardan Sortek's fevered encounter with the Swamp People of Stein's Folly.
- Dragons of Despair
- MechWarrior Companion, p. 82, "Neopithecanthropus"
- Touring the Stars: Old Kentucky, p. 11, "Old Kentuckian Sasquatches"