How reliable are human phylogenetic hypotheses?

  title={How reliable are human phylogenetic hypotheses?},
  author={Mark Collard and Bernard Wood},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={97 9},
Cladistic analysis of cranial and dental evidence has been widely used to generate phylogenetic hypotheses about humans and their fossil relatives. However, the reliability of these hypotheses has never been subjected to external validation. To rectify this, we applied identical methods to equivalent evidence from two groups of extant higher primates for whom reliable molecular phylogenies are available, the hominoids and papionins. We found that the phylogenetic hypotheses based on the… CONTINUE READING
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