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Courtney Peterson Bio 180S – Ape-Human Transition Andrews, Peter and Jay Kelley. Middle Miocene Dispersals of Apes. Folia Primatol 78 (2007): 328-343. Food and diet have strong influences on natural selection. The ability to fill fit into an ecological niche that provides a species with enough nutrition to propagate is of vital importance to survival. Therefore, adaptations such as robust jaws or thickly enameled teeth in the case of a hard fruit diet (Andrews 328) can greatly improve the fitness of a species. Such adaptations are only of the many ways that environment has an impact on the morphology and range of a species, and in turn the morphology and range of the Miocene primates has ultimately had an effect today’s primates. Not only can what is known about an environment at a given era explain the diet of a species, but fossil remains can also be used to hint what kind of food was available to the primates of that time. It would make sense that the apes would have to return to Africa if
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