A Reassessment of the Relationship between Later Miocene and Subsequent Hominoidea

  • R. F. Kay
  • E. L. Simons
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


In consideration of the significance of middle and later Miocene Hominoidea to the origin of the taxonomic family of humans, Hominidae, there are three central problems. These are: (1) definition of the taxa concerned, (2) demonstration of significant anatomical (and thus phyletic) relationship of any of these later Miocene taxa to later hominids, and (3) establishment of a derivation that is zoogeographically sound in relation to a plausible theory of human descent.


Cheek Tooth Maxillary Canine Lower Canine Mandibular Corpus Miocene Hominoid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. F. Kay
    • 1
  • E. L. Simons
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Duke University Center for the Study of Primate Biology and HistoryDurhamUSA

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