[Taxacom] What is a hominid?

Barry Roth barry_roth at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 26 20:38:20 CDT 2006

and the criteria for a taxon to be a "family" are ... what?

Ken Kinman <kinman at hotmail.com> wrote:   Dear All,
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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