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Primates

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 485–492 | Cite as

The taxonomic status ofpraeanthropus africanus (primates: Pongidae) from the late pliocene of Eastern Africa

  • Walter W. Ferguson
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Abstract

The taxonPraeanthropus africanus (Weinert, 1950), represented by the Garusi maxilla, is valid and reinstated. The morphological pattern of the Garusi maxilla is not that of a primitive hominid, but of a relatively generalized pongid. Since the apelike lectotype L.H.-4 and paralectotype A.L.200-1a ofAustralopithecus afarensisJohanson et al. 1978 are conspecific withP. africanus, and originate from the same formation, they are reassigned toPraeanthropus africanus.

Key Words

Praeanthropus africanus Australopithecus afarensis Garusi maxilla Fossil hominids Fossil pongids 

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter W. Ferguson
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  1. 1.Department of Zoology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life SciencesTel Aviv University, Ramat AvivTel AvivIsrael

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