Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Primate SexualityComparative Studies of the Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, and Humans$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alan F. Dixson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199544646.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 September 2018

Primate classification and evolution

Primate classification and evolution

Chapter:
(p.7) Chapter 2 Primate classification and evolution
Source:
Primate Sexuality
Author(s):

Alan F. Dixson

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199544646.003.0002

This chapter discusses the different classifications of primates and their evolution. Primates are taxonomically classified based on their morphological traits. For example, they have eyes that point forward in order to have a stereoscopic vision. They also have grasping hands and feet, and the thumbs and great toes are often opposable. These traits have important implications for the understanding of primate evolution and classification. The chapter examines the six major super families of primates: Superfamily Lemuroidea, Superfamily Lorisoidea, Superfamily Tarsioidea, Superfamily Ceboidea, Superfamily Cercopithecoidea, and Superfamily Hominoidea. It groups them into two categories: prosimian and anthropoid. Evolutionary relationships among primates and time-scales are also explored.

Keywords:   primates, superfamilies, Lemuroidea, Lorisoidea, Tarsioidea, Ceboidea, Cercopithecoidea, Hominoidea, prosimian, anthropoid

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .