Re: Orangs as Closest

1 Aug 1996 15:05:31 GMT

Matthew O. Fraser ( wrote:
: Hey All,

: Anyone up on the hypothesis that Orangs are humans' closest extant relative?

: I did my undergraduate training with Jeffrey Schwartz at Pitt, and he
: authored a book on the subject, but it was a couple of years after I
: graduated.

: How do you folks feel about it?

Unlikely based on anatomy and recently collected fossils, but possible.
BTW, I entered the new data on Ankarapithecus meteai into my database last
night. Nothing conclusive, although it looks a bit later than
Lufengpithecus and close to the ancestry of the orthograde hominoids. The
whole Lufengpithecus/Ankarapithecus/Sivapithecus/Dryopithecus/
Ouranopithecus area is a morass.

Harry Erwin, Internet:, Web Page:
49 year old PhD student in computational neuroscience ("how bats do it" 8)
and lecturer for CS 211 (data structures and advanced C++)