Evolution and Interrelationships of the Catarrhine Primates

  • Eric Delson
  • Peter Andrews


The object of this chapter is to present our assessment of phyletic relationships among Old World higher primates in the light of the “cladistic” methodology when possible, and to suggest possible phylogenetic and classification scheme(s) for this group consistent with this interpretation. In the first section of the paper, morphological data (mostly dental, cranial and postcranial skeletal) in a number of catarrhine groups will be presented. The typical morphologies which can be inferred within each group are taken to correspond to the hypothetical (ancestral) morphotype, that which would be expected in the latest common ancestor of the animals on which data have been provided. Fossils will be included with the groups to which they belong where such relationships are clear. Other extinct forms will be treated separately in this phase.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Delson
    • 1
  • Peter Andrews
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, Lehman CollegeCity University of New YorkBronxUSA
  2. 2.Sub-Department of AnthropologyBritish Museum (Natural History)LondonUK

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