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Morphological and palaeoecological perspectives on baboon evolution

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Hominins and Old World monkeys both radiated in the Plio-Pleistocene. One group of monkeys, the baboons, are particularly appropriate comparators when thinking about human evolution, as, like hominins, they originated in Africa, are largely terrestrial, have eclectic diets and are behaviourally flexible. In this seminar I will review the morphological evidence for baboon evolution, drawing on data from modern and fossil baboons. I will also consider baboon morphological variation and evolution within palaeoecological, palaeobiological and palaeoenvironmental frameworks, and use these to contextualise human evolution.

This talk is part of the Biological Anthropology Seminar Series series.

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