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The first primates: A reply to Silcox et al. (2007)

Soligo, C; Martin, RD; (2007) The first primates: A reply to Silcox et al. (2007). J HUM EVOL , 53 (3) 325 - 328. 10.1016/j.jhevol.2007.05.003.

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Silcox et al. (2007) challenge our recent suggestion that the last common ancestor of living primates may have been substantially larger than previously assumed (around I kg) and that the stem lineage of euprimates (crown-group primates) was characterized by an increase in body mass in conjunction with a trend towards increased angiosperm fruit size in the Late Cretaceous (Soligo and Martin, 2006). Instead, Silcox et al. favor the traditional view that ancestral primates were necessarily small, although no actual estimate is provided. No new data or analyses are presented in support of their preferred scenario, and criticism of our conclusions includes several demonstrable misrepresentations. We address the issues in the order in which they were raised by Silcox et al. (2007).

Type: Article
Title: The first primates: A reply to Silcox et al. (2007)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2007.05.003
Keywords: primate origins, body mass, cope's rule, plesiadapiforms, carpolestes, nails and claws, angiosperms, BODY-MASS EVOLUTION, ADAPTIVE ORIGINS, TERTIARY, AGE
UCL classification: UCL > Office of the President and Provost
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/129489
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