Human Evolution

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The meaning of Hominidae

  • C. J. Cela-Conde


Traditional taxonomy of Hominoidea collides head on with the latest proposals of classification, grounded on molecular studies. Therefore, the common-sense meaning of “hominidae” does not fit some of the current technical meaning anymore. Besides, there is no consensus among molecular scholars about what genera should be placed into the Hominidae family. Some possible solution to this problem are examined in this article. It is eventually proposed a tentative classification of humans and great apes that, keeping the traditional Hominidae family (Simpson), might be accepted from the point of view of cladistic and molecular studies.


Hominidae hominid taxonomy systematics cladistics molecular-studies Simpson Goodman 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. Cela-Conde
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversidad de las Islas BalearesSpain

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