proconsul II

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Courtney Peterson Bio 180S – Ape-Human Transition Ward, Steve et al. Equatorius : A New Hominoid Genus from the Middle Miocene of Kenya.” Science 285 (1999): 1382-1386. Proconsulids II and Family? The article by Steve Ward et al (1999) documents the discovery of a new hominoid in Kenya ( which calls into question the current status of the genus Kenyapithecus . The partial skeleton of Equatorius , so named for its discovery proximal to the equatior, was found in the Tugen Hills of Kenya, home also to the extinct Kenyapithecus taxon. The reason this proposition regarding the Kenyapithecus taxon is so important is because Kenyapithecus is considered to be a member of the clade of the great apes’ and humans’ last common ancestor’s, or at least a sister taxon (Ward 1382). Emerging and recent analyses are showing that Kenyapithecus is too primitive to be considered so close in relation to great apes and humans and in fact belongs among the group of stem cattarrhines. The main claim of the article is that
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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.

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