The Asian Origin of Anthropoidea Revisited

  • Russell L. Ciochon
  • Patricia A. Holroyd
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


The concept of an Asian origin for the Anthropoidea has surfaced repeatedly in our attempts to discern the biogeographic and phyletic origins of the suborder (e.g., Pilgrim, 1927; Ba Maw et al., 1979; Gingerich, 1980; Ciochon and Ghiarelli, 1980; Ciochon et al., 1985). The primary evidence for such an Asian origin traditionally lies in the poorly known and phylogenetically enigmatic primate genera Amphipithecus and Pondaungia from the late middle Eocene Pondaung deposits of Burma (now Myanmar).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell L. Ciochon
    • 1
  • Patricia A. Holroyd
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of Anthropology and Pediatric DentistryUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological Anthropology and AnatomyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Geological SurveyDenverUSA

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