Anthropoid Origins

  • John G. Fleagle
  • Richard F. Kay

Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Kenneth D. Rose, Marc Godinot, Thomas M. Bown
    Pages 1-28
  3. K. Christopher Beard, R. D. E. MacPhee
    Pages 55-97
  4. Jens Lorenz Franzen
    Pages 99-122
  5. Patricia A. Holroyd, Russell L. Ciochon
    Pages 123-141
  6. Russell L. Ciochon, Patricia A. Holroyd
    Pages 143-162
  7. Elwyn L. Simons, D. Tab Rasmussen, Thomas M. Bown, Prithijit S. Chatrath
    Pages 179-201
  8. Daniel L. Gebo, Elwyn L. Simons, D. Tab Rasmussen, Marian Dagosto
    Pages 203-233
  9. Patricia A. Holroyd, Mary C. Maas
    Pages 297-334
  10. Richard F. Kay, Blythe A. Williams
    Pages 361-445
  11. Matthew J. Ravosa, William L. Hylander
    Pages 447-468
  12. Marian Dagosto, Daniel L. Gebo
    Pages 567-593
  13. Susan M. Ford
    Pages 595-673
  14. John G. Fleagle, Richard F. Kay
    Pages 675-698
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 699-708

About this book


This volume brings together information about recent discoveries and current theories concerning the origin and early evolution of anthropoid primates­ monkeys, apes, and humans. Although Anthropoidea is one of the most dis­ tinctive groups of living primates, and the origin of the group is a frequent topic of discussion in the anthropological and paleontological literature, the topic of anthropoid origins has rarely been the foeus of direct discussion in primate evolution. Rather, diseussion of anthropoid origins appears as a ma­ jor side issue in volumes dealing with the origin of platyrrhines (Ciochon and Chiarelli, 1980), in discussions about the phylogenetic position of Tarsius, in descriptions of early anthropoid fossils, and in descriptions and revisions of various fossil prosimians. As a result, the literature on anthropoid origins has a long history of argument by advocacy, in which scholars with different views have expounded individual theories based on a small bit of evidence at hand, often with little consideration of alternative views and other types of evidence that have been used in their support. This type of scholarship struck us as a relatively unproductive approach to a critical issue in primate evolution.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John G. Fleagle
    • 1
  • Richard F. Kay
    • 2
  1. 1.State University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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