Function and Phylogeny in Miocene Hominoids

  • Carol V. Ward
  • David R. Begun
  • Michael D. Rose
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


The Miocene was the most diverse era in hominoid evolutionary history. Miocene hominoids exhibit a level of taxic, morphological, and biogeographic diversity that far exceeded that of living apes. Over 30 genera of Miocene apes are currently recognized (Begun, 1995a); probably only a small percentage of those that existed. Out of this radiation arose the ancestor of modern apes and humans. The abundance and importance of Miocene hominoid fossils have made them the focus of extensive analysis and reinterpretation over the years.


Late Miocene Phylogenetic Hypothesis Functional Anatomy Early Hominid Primitive Character 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol V. Ward
    • 1
  • David R. Begun
    • 2
  • Michael D. Rose
    • 3
  1. 1.Anthropology and Pathology and Anatomical SciencesUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Injury ScienceUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical SchoolNewarkUSA

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