Lufengpithecus and Hominoid Phylogeny

Problems in Delineating and Evaluating Phylogenetically Revelant Characters
  • Jeffrey H. Schwartz
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In the 1970s, the first specimens of the large-bodied hominoid now referred to as Lufengpithecus lufengensis (Fig. 1) were discovered in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan, at the Shihuiba colliery site, which lies 9 km north of the town of Lufeng. The site, which is characterized by lignite deposits, is late Miocene (ca. 8 Ma) and thus approximately coeval with Sivapithecus sites in Turkey (Andrews and Tekkaya, 1980) and Indo-Pakistan (Pilbeam, 1982) and perhaps a few million years younger than the Dryopithecus sites in Hungary (Kordos, 1987; Kretzoi, 1975) and Spain (Moyà-Solà and Köhler, 1993).


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  • Jeffrey H. Schwartz
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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