Phyletic Relationships of Miocene Hominoids and Higher Primate Classification

  • L. De Bonis
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


The superfamily Hominoidea (Gray, 1825), in its classical form, includes the apes (chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan, and gibbon) and humans. The study of the links between humans and those creatures sometimes considered the “inferior kin” to humans has long fascinated naturalists, zoologists, and paleontologists. The spread of Darwin’s ideas about the evolution of species and the origins of the human race marked the beginning of a new phase in these studies. Their purpose was no longer limited to a static examination of the morphological characters and their translation into a classification, whether or not hierarchical, but to search for an ancestor sometimes called the “missing link,” which would allow a bridging of the gap between humans and apes.


Sister Group Limb Bone Wear Facet Lower Premolar Accessory Cusp 
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  • L. De Bonis
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Paléontologie des Vertébrés et Paléontologie HumaineUniversité de Poitiers, Faculté des SciencesPoitiersFrance

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