Phylogeny of the Primates

A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • W. Patrick Luckett
  • Frederick S. Szalay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Background to Primate Phylogeny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. George Gaylord Simpson
      Pages 3-19
    3. John F. Eisenberg
      Pages 47-68
    4. Pierre Charles-Dominique
      Pages 69-88
  3. Phylogeny of Primate Higher Taxa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Frederick S. Szalay
      Pages 91-125
    3. W. Patrick Luckett
      Pages 157-182
    4. C. B. G. Campbell
      Pages 183-197
    5. Morris Goodman
      Pages 219-248
  4. Strepsirhine Phylogeny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Ian Tattersall, Jeffrey H. Schwartz
      Pages 299-312
  5. Haplorhine Phylogeny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Eric Delson, Peter Andrews
      Pages 405-446
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 481-483

About this book


The past decade has witnessed a tremendous surge of interest in varied aspects of primate biology, encompassing virtually all disciplines of the biological sciences. Regardless of whether these studies have been approached from a paleontological, morphological, developmental, biochemical, neuroanatomical, or behavioral point of view, one under­ lying theme has been a common interest in the possible phylogenetic relationships suggested by the results of such studies. In some cases, sound taxonomic principles have not been followed in the interpretation of these data, and this has led to skepticism among many taxonomists with regard to the validity of some of the genealogical relationships and conclusions suggested by comparative studies of living primates. It is generally agreed that the fossil record alone provides the essential time dimension for directly observing changes in characteristics, but unfortunately this record is limited both in the number of genera represented and particularly in the incomplete nature of the available preserved material. On the other hand, extensive comparative analyses of numerous characteristics in living primates have provided additional insight into possible phylogenetic relationships, despite the lack of a time dimension. Such studies of both fossil and living primates are enhanced considerably by a cladistic analysis of the probable primitive (ancestral) or advanced (derived) condition of each character state discussed, based upon their distribution (and ontogeny, wherever possible) in a wide variety of primate and nonprimate taxa, including other eutherian mammals, marsupials, mono­ tremes, and reptiles.


biology mammals phylogeny primates reptiles

Editors and affiliations

  • W. Patrick Luckett
    • 1
  • Frederick S. Szalay
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Creighton UniversityOmahaUSA
  2. 2.Hunter CollegeC.U.N.Y.New YorkUSA
  3. 3.The American Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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