The Implications of Rodent Paleontology and Biogeography to the Geographical Sources and Origin of Platyrrhine Primates

  • R. Lavocat
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


It is a normal practice in science to infer from what is better and more completely known in order to discover the structure and the meaning of that which is less well or only partly known. The similarity of facts known on both sides of a controversy suggests that the best documented side be taken as a good model for the reconstruction of the structures still unknown on the other side. Since the amount of information regarding the evolutionary history of rodents is much more complete than that of the primates, one can validly and usefully argue with reasonable probability from the rodents to the primates.


Plate Tectonic Fetal Membrane Continental Drift Zoological Society North American Plate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Lavocat
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  1. 1.Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Laboratoire de Paléontologie des VertébrèsFaculte des SciencesMontpellierFrance

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