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Hominidae

Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Gen Suwa and Tim White

in Ardipithecus kadabba

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520254404
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942509 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254404.003.0007
Hominidae

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Recent discoveries of hominid remains older than 5 Ma have afforded new perspectives on the origin of the hominid clade. This chapter describes and assesses the key evidence bearing on these issues—the remains of Ardipithecus kadabba from the Middle Awash study area of the Afar Rift. It introduces the major morphological features of the known Ardipithecus kadabba specimens and also infers possible ancestral ape conditions from the morphologies shared by extant great apes and the collective late and middle Miocene fossil ape record.

Keywords: hominid; hominid remains; hominid clade; Ardipithecus kadabba; Middle Awash; Afar Rift; ape; great apes

Chapter.  27642 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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