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Analyzing Hominin Phylogeny

  • David Strait
  • Frederick E. Grine
  • John G. Fleagle
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Abstract

An understanding of the phylogenetic relationships among organisms is critical for evaluating the evolutionary history of their adaptations and biogeography as well as forming the basis for systematics. As the numbers of hominin fossils and hominin taxa have increased over the past 40 years, controversies over phylogeny have expanded and have become a hallmark of paleoanthropology. Concordant with the rise in taxonomic diversity, the increased use of phylogenetic systematics, or cladistics, has provided a valuable tool for reconstructing hominin phylogeny. Despite the widespread view that hominin phylogeny is a source of endless debate, there is a broad consensus regarding many aspects of hominin phylogeny.

Keywords

Sister Taxon Cladistic Analysis Genus Homo Extinct Taxon Postcranial Character 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Strait
    • 1
  • Frederick E. Grine
    • 2
    • 3
  • John G. Fleagle
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anatomical SciencesStony Brook University, School of MedicineStony BrookUSA

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