Measures of Dental Variation as Indicators of Multiple Taxa in Samples of Sympatric Cercopithecus Species

  • Dana A. Cope
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


Recognition of species in the fossil record is a critical issue for students of primate evolution. Since dental remains provide the largest samples for assessing intra- and interspecific variation, dental variation in fossil mammals is frequently compared with data for recent related species when investigating systematic diversity (Gingerich, 1974, 1979; Gingerich and Shoeninger, 1979; Kay, 1982a,b; Kay and Simons, 1983; Kelley, 1986; Kimbel and White, 1988; Martin and Andrews, 1984; Simpson, 1941a, and many others). The coefficient of variation (CV) has been the most frequently used statistic in a majority of these studies.


Sympatric Species Posterior Tooth Fossil Sample Dental Dimension Reference Maximum 
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  • Dana A. Cope
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyCollege of CharlestonCharlestonUSA

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