The evolution of hominin ontogenies.

Bibliographic Collection: 
MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Zollikofer, Christoph P E; Ponce de León, Marcia S
Year of Publication: 2010
Journal: Semin Cell Dev Biol
Volume: 21
Issue: 4
Pagination: 441-52
Date Published: 2010 Jun
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1096-3634
Keywords: Animals, Anthropology, Physical, Biological Evolution, Brain, Fossils, Hominidae, Humans, Models, Theoretical, Paleontology, Phylogeny, Skull, Tooth

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.

DOI: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2009.10.012
Alternate Journal: Semin. Cell Dev. Biol.