Primate evolution - In and out of Africa

Caro Beth Stewart, Todd Disotell

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    A synthetic analysis of molecular, fossil and biogeographical data gives a remarkably consistent scenario for the evolution of the catarrhine primates the hominoids and Old World monkeys. This analysis supports the African location of the common ancestor of the Old World monkeys, and suggests that the Asian colobine monkeys and macaques dispersed out of Africa into Eurasia within the past ten million years. More interestingly and controversially, this analysis further suggests that the lineage leading to the living hominoids dispersed out of Africa about twenty million years ago, and that the common ancestor of the living African apes, including humans, migrated back into Africa from Eurasia within about the past ten million years.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalCurrent Biology
    Volume8
    Issue number16
    StatePublished - Jul 30 1998

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    Cercopithecidae
    Primates
    Eurasia
    Hominidae
    ancestry
    Fossils
    Macaca
    Pongidae
    Haplorhini
    monkeys
    fossils

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    Stewart, C. B., & Disotell, T. (1998). Primate evolution - In and out of Africa. Current Biology, 8(16).

    Primate evolution - In and out of Africa. / Stewart, Caro Beth; Disotell, Todd.

    In: Current Biology, Vol. 8, No. 16, 30.07.1998.

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    Stewart, CB & Disotell, T 1998, 'Primate evolution - In and out of Africa', Current Biology, vol. 8, no. 16.
    Stewart CB, Disotell T. Primate evolution - In and out of Africa. Current Biology. 1998 Jul 30;8(16).
    Stewart, Caro Beth ; Disotell, Todd. / Primate evolution - In and out of Africa. In: Current Biology. 1998 ; Vol. 8, No. 16.
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