The Natural History of Sivapithecus

  • P. J. Andrews
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


In the study of hominoid evolution much of the attention over the last few years has centered on the genus Ramapithecus This fossil ape has been claimed in the past to be a hominid ancestor (Lewis, 1934; Simons and Pilbeam, 1965), but more recently it has been shown to be less hominid-like and more ape-like than previously proposed (Andrews and Walker, 1976). All such discussion, however, is to a large extent hypothetical because the evidence on which it is based is so limited. Even after a decade of intensive efforts to find additional Ramapithecus material from Pakistan, Turkey, Greece, and Kenya, many advances in assessing and interpreting hominoid evolution have come about through more critical evaluation of the known fossils rather than through the discovery of more complete material.


Sexual Dimorphism Terrestrial Mammal Arboreal Species Deciduous Woodland Woodland Habitat 
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  • P. J. Andrews
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  1. 1.Department of PaleontologyBritish Museum (Natural History)LondonEngland

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