Hominoids & Hominids

Jan Wilson (G1824303@NMSUVM1.NMSU.EDU)
Fri, 16 Feb 1996 20:03:34 MST

To the discussion I would like to add my observation that in reading material
in which chimpanzees and gorillas are placed in Family Hominidae along with
Australopithecus and Homo, I find that when referring to Australopithecines and
Homo, the writers still may use the term "hominids" as a short-cut term to be
able to talk about bipedal primates. Gets confusing, doesn't it?

Of course, one reason to change the taxonomic designation is because of the
degree of similarity in DNA. However, there are counter-arguments that
regulator genes may be of more importance. I dunno. I kind of like placing
chimpanzees and gorillas in Family Hominidae, but my reasons for liking it
are not scientific. Cheers. Jan Wilson. G1824303@nmsuvm1.nmsu.edu