2.Is the dental formula of Parapithecusapomorphic (derived) or plesiomorphic (primitive)? What is the relevance for anthropoid origins of finding an anthropoid with this dental formula in Egypt? (Hint:think about where anthropoids with this dental formula live today.)
3.Based on your answers to the previous two questions, which of these fossil anthropoids is most likely to be found earlier in the fossil record? Explain your rationale.
Station 4: The Miocene I – Early Fossil Apes, Proconsul(3.5 pts.)The fossil record suggests that hominoids and cercopithecoids diverged by the Late Oligocene (at least 25 mya), however the record for both groups is very poor until the Miocene. Among early ape taxa, none is better represented or more iconic than the genus Proconsul, found throughout the volcanic rift valleys of Kenya and Uganda. Use the macaque, chimpanzee and Proconsulmaterials along with the handouts at this station to answer the questions below.Chimpanzee: 4