Human Evolution

, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 509–514 | Cite as

Preliminary research on the fossil gibbons of the Chinese Pleistocene and recent

  • Gu Yumin


Two species of fossil gibbon existed in China during the Pleistocene. These wereHylobates concolor andH. hoolock, species still extant in China today. The gibbon's dependence on high canopy forest environments is well known, therefore their presence in the fossil record is reliable environmental indicator. Gibbons were widely distributed throughout southern China during the Pleistocene; however, the southward shift of the northern limit distribution in modern history.

Key words

paleoprimatology China pleistocene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gu Yumin
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  1. 1.Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and PaleoanthropologyAcademia SinicaBeijingThe People's Republic of China

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