[Taxacom] Another transatlantic rafting primate named this year

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Mon Dec 21 08:48:20 CST 2020

"Bayesian clock–based phylogenetic analysis nests this genus
(Ucayalipithecus) deep within the otherwise Afro-Arabian clade
Parapithecoidea and indicates that transatlantic rafting of the lineage
leading to Ucayalipithecus likely took place between ~35 and ~32 million
years ago, a dispersal window that includes the major worldwide drop in sea
level that occurred near the Eocene-Oligocene boundary.  "

Really Ken, a  phylogeny cannot indicate any kind of rafting, or that the
age was 35-32 Ma. This is another fabrication. So, Ken, I challenge you
again to demonstrate that is empirically based. Just repeating a claim does
not make it true (even though this has become a common technique by a
certain politician here that does not mean that science has to follow suit).

John Grehan


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