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Unformatted text preview: Courtney Peterson Bio 180S Ape-Human Transition Pilbeam, David and Nathan Young. Human evolution: synthesizing disparate data. Comptes Rendus Palvol 3 (2004): 305-321. Parallelism in the Hominoid Body This weeks topic had less to do with this specific topping than how this phenomenon affects how humans classify organisms, or the science of taxonomy, especially among primates. Birds and bats both have wings, but they have evolved separately and not as the result of a common ancestor and therefore do not share the same taxonomic information. While birds and bats diverge long before the genus or family level, hominoids present a challenge in taxonomy, especially those which are extinct. The genome revolution has given scientists the means to identify hominoid relations and disbar perceived differences and even similarities. It has clarified the relations between the extant apes and has established the chimpanzee as the human sister taxa where previously it was thought that it could have been chimps, bonobos, orangutans,...
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2009 for the course BAA 180S taught by Professor Williams during the Fall '07 term at Duke.
- Fall '07