New Interpretations of the Phyletic Position of Oligocene Hominoids

  • J. G. Fleagle
  • R. F. Kay
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


In attempts to trace the ancestry of living hominoids, the Miocene apes from Europe, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa have long played a central role. First described over 125 years ago, the genera Dryopithecus and Pliopithecus were recognized from their initial descriptions as an ancestral pongid and hylobatid, respectively, a situation which Darwin (1871) acknowledged and which, until most recently, was universally accepted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. G. Fleagle
    • 1
  • R. F. Kay
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anatomical Sciences, Health Sciences CenterState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnatomyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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