Species, genera, and phylogenetic structure in the human fossil record: a modest proposal

@article{Tattersall2017SpeciesGA,
  title={Species, genera, and phylogenetic structure in the human fossil record: a modest proposal},
  author={Ian Tattersall},
  journal={Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues},
  year={2017},
  volume={26},
  pages={116 - 118}
}
  • I. Tattersall
  • Published 1 May 2017
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues
Because of the greater morphological distances among them, genera should be more robustly recognizable in the fossil record than species are. But there are clearly upper as well as lower bounds to their species inclusivity. Currently, the vast majority of fossils composing the large and rapidly expanding paleoanthropological record are crammed into one of two genera (Australopithecus vs Homo), expanding the latter, especially, far beyond any reasonable morphological or phylogenetic limits. This… 

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