Hominoid evolution and climatic change in Europe, volume two: phylogeny of the Neogene hominoid primates of Eurasia.

Hominoid evolution and climatic change in Europe, volume two: phylogeny of the Neogene hominoid primates of Eurasia. Louis de Bonis.
Hominoid evolution and climatic change in Europe, volume two: phylogeny of the Neogene hominoid primates of Eurasia.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Octavo, black and white illustrations, fine copy in dustwrapper.

This volume explores hominoid evolution in Eurasia during the Miocene.
What is the place of Europe in the origin of humankind? Whilst our earliest human ancestors may have come out of Africa, many of our more recent ancestors, and those of other primates, left their fossil remains in Europe and the Near East. Hominoid primates including Dryopithecus in Spain and Hungary, Oreopithecus in Italy and Ouranopithecus in Greece flourished in the Miocene, between about 10-7 million years ago. This volume examines these and other hominoid fossils found in Eurasia and discusses what we can learn from them using biostratigraphic and ecological frameworks. In addition, new methods of analysing and visualising fossil hominoids are explored, including CT-based and computer-assisted virtual reconstruction of fossils to allow three-dimensional images of external and internal morphology of even fragmentary or distorted fossils. This volume will therefore be invaluable for practising palaeoanthropologists and palaeontologists whatever their specialism.

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