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By Callum F. Ross, Richard F. Kay

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This moment version could be an edited quantity of curiosity to those that do study and educate concerning the evolution of primates. It goals to express to primatologists, anthropologists, palaeontologists, and neuroscientists the latest stories of primate phylogeny, the anthropoid fossil checklist, the evolution of the primate visible process, and the beginning of the anthropoid social structures. This identify encompasses a CD-ROM and colour figures.

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Like Linnaeus, they believed that God had created animals, so a materialistic explanation for the existence of the categories was not necessary. However, they assumed that God used rational principles in creating animals and that the way to uncover God 's plan was to apply rational principles to classification (Appel, 1987). Geoffroy and Cuvier's (1795) collaborative classification of mammals was based on the rational principle of "subordination ofcharacters," under which the subordination of categories in the classification was determined by the subordi nation offunctions in organisms.

This brings us to a key area of debate-the phylogenetic status of various Asian Eocene primates- Pondaungia, Amphipithecus, Myanmarpithecus, Siamopithecus, Eosimias, and Bahinia. 1 Over the past 10 years, the phyleticposition of these taxa has come under increased scrutiny. The first of these taxa to be described were Pondaungia (Pilgrim, 1927) and Amphipithecus (Colbert, 1937), each known from just a few poorly preserved jawsand cheek teeth. The relationships of these taxa was hody debated (Simons, 1972; Szalay, 1970) with no consensus being achieved.

If true, this eliminates most of the primate Tertiary fossil record of North America and Europe from relevance for resolving questions about the ancestry of Anthropoidea; it suggests a fundamental dichotomy between omomyids and adapids of the Northern continents and Anthropoidea ofAfrica and South America (Fleagle and Kay, 1994b), and focuses our attention on early-middle Eocene fossils from Africa,Asia, and South America (Ross, 2003). Are there Asian Eocene Anthropoids? This brings us to a key area of debate-the phylogenetic status of various Asian Eocene primates- Pondaungia, Amphipithecus, Myanmarpithecus, Siamopithecus, Eosimias, and Bahinia.

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