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The evolution of hominin ontogenies


Zollikofer, C P E; Ponce de León, M S (2010). The evolution of hominin ontogenies. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology, 21(4):441-452.

Abstract

Since the beginnings of paleoanthropology, immature fossil hominin specimens have marked important but highly contested cornerstones of research. Long deemed as not representative of a fossil species’ morphology, immature hominins are now in the center of scientific attention, and an increasing interest in evolutionary developmental questions has made developmental paleoanthropology a vibrant field of research. Here we report on recent advances in this field, which result from a combination of new methods to reconstruct fossil ontogenies with insights from evo-devo research on extant species.

Since the beginnings of paleoanthropology, immature fossil hominin specimens have marked important but highly contested cornerstones of research. Long deemed as not representative of a fossil species’ morphology, immature hominins are now in the center of scientific attention, and an increasing interest in evolutionary developmental questions has made developmental paleoanthropology a vibrant field of research. Here we report on recent advances in this field, which result from a combination of new methods to reconstruct fossil ontogenies with insights from evo-devo research on extant species.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Anthropology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:June 2010
Deposited On:22 Feb 2010 12:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:57
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1084-9521
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.semcdb.2009.10.012
PubMed ID:19900572
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-31372

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