Miocene and Pliocene apes familiy tree?

Joerg Rhiemeier (rhiemeir@ibr.cs.tu-bs.de)
21 Jul 1995 12:40:03 GMT

Does anyone know more details about how the different miocene and pliocene
apes (e.g. Proconsul, Ramapithecus, Sivapithecus, Kenyapithecus,
Dryopithecus, Oreopithecus, Gigantopithecus, ...) relate to each other
and to modern apes, and human? I think Proconsul is now considered to
be the common ancestor of all the Greater Apes and Homo, and
Ramapithecus and Sivapithecus are Pongines (members of the ancestorial
line of orang-utans), and Gigantopithecus was related to the
orang-utan line as well. But what about Dryo, Oreo and Kenyapithecus,
and which was the common ancestor of chimp and human, and which the
common ancestor of that one and gorilla (after the orang-utan line
split off)?

Thanks in advance

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