Miocene small-bodied ape from Eurasia sheds light on hominoid evolution

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Alba, D.M., Almécija, S., DeMiguel, D., Fortuny, J., Pérez de los Ríos, M., Pina, M., Robles, J.M. and Moyà-Solà, S. (2015). Miocene small-bodied ape from Eurasia sheds light on hominoid evolution. Science. 350 (6260). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aab2625
AuthorsAlba, D.M., Almécija, S., DeMiguel, D., Fortuny, J., Pérez de los Ríos, M., Pina, M., Robles, J.M. and Moyà-Solà, S.
Abstract

Miocene small-bodied anthropoid primates from Africa and Eurasia are generally considered to precede the divergence between extant catarrhines, i.e., hominoids (apes and humans) and Old World monkeys, being more primitive than the stem ape Proconsul. Here we describe Pliobates cataloniae gen. et sp. nov., a small-bodied (4-5 kg) primate from the Iberian Miocene (11.6 million years ago [Ma]) that displays a mosaic of primitive characteristics coupled with multiple cranial and postcranial shared-derived features of extant hominoids. Our cladistic analyses reveal Pliobates as a stem hominoid more derived than previously-known small catarrhines and Proconsul. This forces us to re-evaluate the role played by small-bodied catarrhines in ape evolution and provides key insight into the last common ancestor of hylobatids (gibbons) and hominids (great apes and humans).

Year2015
JournalScience
Journal citation350 (6260)
PublisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
ISSN0036-8075
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aab2625
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Accepted21 Sep 2015
Deposited28 Aug 2022
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