Ramapithecus and Human Origins

An Anthropologist’s Perspective of Changing Interpretations
  • M. H. Wolpoff
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


According to the Baconian view of how science proceeds, the changing interpretations of Ramapithecus indicated in this volume (and elsewhere) reflect a shifting data base. Presumably, as more data have been recovered, the hypotheses regarding their interpretation have correspondingly shifted to adequately encompass a more complete (and presumably more revealing) data set. Because it has been contended at various times that Ramapithecus is the earliest hominid,* these changing interpretations have in turn resulted in different theories of hominid origins.


Human Origin Giant Panda Adaptive Radiation Early Hominid Hominid Evolution 
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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