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Lecture Goals Basic morphological features of fossil primates. General patterns of morphology and phylogenetics for fossil primates. What a hominin is in terms of taxonomy Morphological trends in hominin evolution: Bipedalism Expansion in brain size Changes in dentalcranial features Due to instructor evaluations, we may not get through everything tonight. Time Frame and Climate - Major Epochs during Tertiary Period (changes in middle of earth as deeper and deeper) Paleocene Primates - Geography and climate. - Very different from present-day conditions. - Hotter, more humid. Paleocene & Primate-like Mammals: Plesiadapiformes (look like squirrels) - Body Size: tiny, shrew-sized to size of small dog. - Niche: Likely solitary, nocturnal quadrupeds; well-developed sense of smell. - Diet: insects and seeds. - Used to be classified as primates because of primate-like teeth and limbs that are adapted for arbor
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