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How reliable are current estimates of fossil catarrhine phylogeny? An assessment using great apes and Old World monkeys

Collard, M.; Wood, B.; (2001) How reliable are current estimates of fossil catarrhine phylogeny? An assessment using great apes and Old World monkeys. In: de Bonis, L. and Koufos, G.D. and Andrews, P., (eds.) Hominoid Evolution and Climatic Change in Europe: Volume 2: Phylogeny of the Neogene Hominoid Primates of Eurasia. (pp. 118-150). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.

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Abstract

Book description: What is the place of Europe in the origin of humankind? Whilst our earliest human ancestors may have come out of Africa, many of our more recent ancestors, and those of other primates, left their fossil remains in Europe and the Near East. Hominoid primates including Dryopithecus in Spain and Hungary, Oreopithecus in Italy and Ouranopithecus in Greece flourished in the Miocene, between about 10-7 million years ago. This volume examines these and other hominoid fossils found in Eurasia and discusses what we can learn from them using biostratigraphic and ecological frameworks. In addition, new methods of analysing and visualising fossil hominoids are explored, including CT-based and computer-assisted virtual reconstruction of fossils to allow three-dimensional images of external and internal morphology of even fragmentary or distorted fossils. This volume will therefore be invaluable for practising palaeoanthropologists and palaeontologists whatever their specialism. Explores hominoid evolution after leaving Africa. Discusses and evaluates modern computer-aided technologies for fossil reconstruction in paleoanthropology. Links ecology to the evolutionary radiation of hominoids.

Type:Book chapter
Title:How reliable are current estimates of fossil catarrhine phylogeny? An assessment using great apes and Old World monkeys
ISBN-13:9780521660754
Publisher version:http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521660754
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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