Re: Miocene and Pliocene apes familiy tree?

Ludvig Mortberg (
Fri, 04 Aug 1995 22:26:40 GMT

According to the book Orang-utan Biology (Edited by Jeffrey H.
Schwartz) Homo shares with Pongo several apomorphic characters of the
premolars (the article Deciduous Dentition: Implications for Hominoid
Phylogeny by J. Douglas Swarts). Has anyone tried to extend this study
beyond extant species, to the fossil species grouped with Pongo, where
fossil teeth are known, such as Gigantopithecus, Graecopithecus,
Ouranopithecus, Lufengpithecus, Kenyapithecus, Sivapithecus,
Afropithecus, Heliopithecus etc? Pan and Gorilla also appears to share
apomorphic characters in their premolars.

Could data from teeth be used to build a complete cladogram of all
hominoids, living and dead?