Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 704–712 | Cite as

Taxonomy, age and environment status of the Yuanmou hominoids

  • Qi Guoqin Email author
  • Dong Wei 
  • Zheng Liang 
  • Zhao Lingxia 
  • Gao Feng 
  • Yue Leping 
  • Zhang Yunxiang 


The taxonomy, age and environment status of the Yuanmou hominoids had been controversial since their discovery. We launched new excavations and investigations in the Yuanmou Basin and analyzed both old and newly collected data. We conclude that all hominoids from the Yuanmou Basin and the so-called Pliocene hominids can be attributed into a single species, and its valid nomination is Lufengpithecus hudienensis. It is different from Lufengpithecus lufengensis and Lufengpithecus keiyuanensis. Based on the faunal comparison and paleomagnetic correlation, the strata yielding the Yuanmou hominoids are older than those of Lufeng hominoids and younger than those of the Kaiyuan hominoids. The age of the Yuanmou hominoids is Late Miocene. The environments of the Yuanmou hominoids were subtropical, hilly, with some dense forestry and partial transitional bushes and seasonal climate.


Lufengpithecus hudienensis Yuanmou Basin Late Miocene mammalian fauna paleoenvironment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qi Guoqin 
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dong Wei 
    • 1
  • Zheng Liang 
    • 2
  • Zhao Lingxia 
    • 1
  • Gao Feng 
    • 2
  • Yue Leping 
    • 3
  • Zhang Yunxiang 
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and PaleoanthropologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Yunnan Cultural Relics and Archaeology InstituteKunmingChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory for Continental Dynamics of the Ministry of Education of China, Geology DepartmentNorthwest UniversityXi’anChina

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