Function, Phylogeny, and Fossils: Miocene Hominoid Evolution by David R. Begun

By David R. Begun

An insightful new paintings, Function, Phylogeny, and Fossils integrates practices in paleobiology that are frequently separated - practical and phylogenetic research. The e-book summarizes the facts on paleoenvironments on the most crucial Miocene hominoid websites and relates it to the pertinent fossil list. The members current the main up to date statements at the sensible anatomy and sure habit of the simplest identified hominoids of this important interval of ape and human evolution. A key function is a accomplished desk directory 240 features between thirteen genera of residing and extinct hominoids.

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