Dental Evidence for Anthropoid Origins

  • Richard F. Kay
  • Blythe A. Williams
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


Over the past decade, many new finds of African Eocene and Oligocene monkeys and Holarctic Eocene primates have rekindled long-standing debates concerning the origins and early diversification of the Anthropoidea. These debates have centered around several related questions:
  1. 1.

    Is Anthropoidea a monophyletic group, and, if so, what did the last common ancestor of the anthropoids look like?

  2. 2.

    From which known group of Holarctic primates (if any) did anthropoids evolve?

  3. 3.

    How do known Eocene and Oligocene anthropoids of Africa [Para-pithecidae, Propliopithecidae (Propliopithecus and Aegyptopithecus), Oli-gopithecidae] relate to the Miocene—Recent Platyrrhini and Catarrhini of the New and Old World, respectively?



Sister Group World Monkey Middle Eocene Late Eocene Cheek Tooth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard F. Kay
    • 1
  • Blythe A. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological Anthropology and AnatomyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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