Timing Primate Evolution : Lessons from the Discordance Between Molecular and Paleontological Estimates

@inproceedings{Steiper2008TimingPE,
  title={Timing Primate Evolution : Lessons from the Discordance Between Molecular and Paleontological Estimates},
  author={Michael E Steiper and Nathan M Young},
  year={2008}
}
The molecular clock has become an increasingly important tool in evolutionary biology and biological anthropology. Nevertheless, a source of contention with respect to this method is the frequent discordance with fossil-based estimates of divergence times. The primate radiation is a case in point: Numerous studies have dated the major primate nodes (reviewed in Steiper and Young,) and there are many instances where molecular and fossil-based estimates of divergence times differ (Fig. 1). Some… CONTINUE READING

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