Miocene Hominoids and Hominid Origins

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Miocene Hominoids and Hominid Origins Article: Brenda R. Benefit + Monte L. McCrossin Response: Tyson Gersh The article concerns hominid origins, specifically, the reconstruction of a pre hominid  ancestor. According to the article, there are three basic methods one may utilize in an effort to  gain information pertaining to early hominid evolutionary history. Scientists today may compare  the biological and behavioral aspects of extant primates, or make inferences concerning  hominid morphology and selective pressures based of the hominid fossil record, or, thirdly,  scientists may use the Miocene hominoid fossil record and compare them to the fossil record  and today’s existing primates, and make inferences to fill in the gaps. This article focuses on the  third method, and argues that Kenyapithecus, Sivapithecus, and Dryopithecus are mistakenly 
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