© 1976

Molecular Anthropology

Genes and Proteins in the Evolutionary Ascent of the Primates

  • Morris Goodman
  • Richard E. Tashian
  • Jeanne H. Tashian

Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Background to Some Key Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gabriel W. Lasker
      Pages 3-12
    3. F. Vogel, M. Kopun, R. Rathenberg
      Pages 13-33
    4. Elwyn L. Simons
      Pages 35-62
  3. Molecular Evolution as Interpreted by Mathematical Models

  4. Primate Phylogeny and the Molecular Clock Controversy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Vincent M. Sarich, John E. Cronin
      Pages 141-170
    3. Howard T. Dene, Morris Goodman, William Prychodko
      Pages 171-195
    4. Walter M. Fitch, Charles H. Langley
      Pages 197-219
  5. Primate Evolution Inferred from Amino Acid Sequence Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Jan M. Beard, Morris Goodman
      Pages 239-255
    3. David Hewett-Emmett, Christopher N. Cook, N. A. Barnicot
      Pages 257-275
    4. Bolling Sullivan, Joseph Bonaventura, Celia Bonaventura, Peter E. Nute
      Pages 277-288
    5. A. E. Romero-Herrera, H. Lehmann, K. A. Joysey, A. E. Friday
      Pages 289-300

About this book


In 1962 at the Burg Wartenstein Symposium on "Classification and Human Evolution," Emile Zuckerkandl used the term "molecular anthropology" to characterize the study of primate phylogeny and human evolution through the genetic information contained in proteins and polynucleotides. Since that time, our knowledge of molecular evolution in primates and other organisms has grown considerably. The present volume examines this knowledge especially as it relates to the phyletic position of Homo sapiens in the order Primates and to the trends which shaped the direction of human evolution. Participants from the disciplines of protein and nucleotide chemistry, genetics, statistics, paleon­ tology, and physical anthropology held cross-disciplinary discussions and argued some of the major issues of molecular anthropology and the data upon which these arguments rest. Chief among these were the molecular clock controversy in hominoid evolution; the molecular evidence on phylogenetic relationships among primates; the evolution of gene expression regulation in primates; the relationship of fossil and molecular data in the Anthropoidea and other pri­ mates; the interpretation of the adaptive significance of evolutionary changes; and, finally, the impact on mankind of studies in molecular anthropology. Most of the papers in this volume were presented in a preliminary form at Symposium No. 65 on "Progress in Molecular Anthropology" held at Burg Wartenstein, Austria, from July 25 to August 1, 1975. These papers were subsequently revised and some additional papers related to the theme of the symposium were also contributed to this volume.


anthropology evolution human evolution molecular evolution phylogeny primates

Editors and affiliations

  • Morris Goodman
    • 1
  • Richard E. Tashian
    • 2
  • Jeanne H. Tashian
    • 3
  1. 1.Wayne State University School of MedicineDetroitUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.University of Michigan HospitalAnn ArborUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Molecular Anthropology
  • Book Subtitle Genes and Proteins in the Evolutionary Ascent of the Primates
  • Editors Morris Goodman
  • Series Title Advances in Primatology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-30948-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4615-8785-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-8783-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 466
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Evolutionary Biology
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