Knuckle-walking in Sivapithecus? The combined effects of homology and homoplasy with possible implications for pongine dispersals.

@article{Begun2011KnucklewalkingIS,
  title={Knuckle-walking in Sivapithecus? The combined effects of homology and homoplasy with possible implications for pongine dispersals.},
  author={David Rene Begun and Tracy L Kivell},
  journal={Journal of human evolution},
  year={2011},
  volume={60 2},
  pages={
          158-70
        }
}
Sivapithecus is a Miocene great ape from South Asia that is orangutan-like cranially but is distinctive postcranially. Work by others shows that the humerus resembles large terrestrial cercopithecoids proximally and suspensory hominoids distally, but most functional interpretations nevertheless situate Sivapithecus in an arboreal setting. We present a new quantitative analysis of the Sivapithecus capitate and hamate. Though the functional morphology of both bones suggests some degree of… CONTINUE READING

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