[Taxacom] What is a hominid?
kinman at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 26 18:15:27 CDT 2006
Feeling confused these days what is meant when someone refers to taxon
Hominidae (or Homininae). You aren't alone. It was bad enough when someone
expanded Family Hominidae to include all the African apes, and even worse
when it was suggested that we expand it to include all great apes.
Then in the late 1990's, Morris Goodman and some other molecular
biologists decided that Hominidae should include the lesser apes as well.
Hominoidea would thus be a single family. Does anyone outside of molecular
biology actually follow this (or the suggested transfer of Pan into genus
Homo)? It's enough to make Mona Lisa frown.
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