The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes, and Humans. Chris Beard. 2004. University of California Press, Berkeley, 348 p. ISBN: 0-520-23369-7

It has never ceased to amaze me what a contentious topic the origin of Anthropoidea (the Primate suborder that includes all living monkeys, apes, and humans) is (see Ross and Kay, 2004). The wrangling includes not only such issues as where, when, and from what ancestry anthropoids arose, but also the definition of Anthropoidea and their recognition in the fossil record. These fundamental disagreements are even more surprising in light of just how...

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