Re: Waiter, there's an ape in my soup!

Phil Nicholls (
27 Dec 1994 15:00:28 GMT

In article <3dnhh8$>,
David M woodcock <> wrote:

>The more we learn of the range of nonhuman hominoid behavior, and
>of the Pliocene fossils the less improbable and more inevitable
>the Mio-Pliocene adaptations that set the stage for Homo appear.

I couldn't agree more. One of the things that disturbs me most about
the AAH is the need it's proponents feel to explain difference between
MODERN hominids and MODERN pongids on the basis of a single adaptation
that occurs prior to the emergence of hominids.

>Philip, is there any evidence of lions,cheetah,leopards in
>Africa before 2.5 Ma ? My impression was at least the lion
>evolved in Eurasia. what evidence is there ?

Leopards at least in South Africa if I'm not mistaken. I'll have
to dig out my copy of Carroll to be certain. Unfortunately "my"
copy is at the library at the moment.

Philip "Chris" Nicholls Department of Anthropology
Institute for Hydrohominoid Studies SUNY Albany
University of Ediacara
"Semper Alouatta"