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Origins of Primates – Debates and controversies

Soligo, C; (2017) Origins of Primates – Debates and controversies. In: The international encyclopedia of primatology. Wiley Blackwell Green open access

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Most current scenarios of primate origins depict small nocturnal animals feeding on insects and/or fruit, flowers, and nectar in the complex small-branch environments of tropical forests. Some of these elements, however, have been challenged, and still need to be comprehensively tested through formal comparative analyses or supported by fossil data. Key contextual elements of primate origins that require clarification include the phylogenetic relationships between primates, colugos, tree shrews, and plesiadapiforms, and the divergence times of associated clades. In addition, a consensus regarding patterns of phyletic size change in the primate stem lineage and the size of the last common ancestor of extant primates would help clarify both the likely physical environment that ancestral primates inhabited and their dietary behavior.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Origins of Primates – Debates and controversies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/9781119179313.wbprim0318
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119179313.wbprim0318
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: evolutionary history, fossil primates
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10039046
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