Anatomy, Antinomies, and the Problem of Anthropoid Origins

  • Matt Cartmill
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


At the moment, nearly all students of primate evolution agree that modern anthropoids comprise a holophyletic clade with respect to other living primates, i.e., that there was once a single species from which all anthropoids, and no other extant animals, are descended. The 1992 conference at Duke University upon which this volume is based demonstrated that there is not much current agreement on other points concerning anthropoid origins, no matter whether cladistic questions (which primates are the phyletic sister group of the Anthropoidea?) or gradistic questions (which characteristic traits of modern anthropoids did the ancestral anthropoid species possess?) are at issue.


Temporal Fossa Bony Wall Amniotic Cavity Uterine Lumen Mandibular Symphysis 
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  • Matt Cartmill
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  1. 1.Department of Biological Anthropology and AnatomyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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