Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Para-Tethyan Theory

Argument used by biogeographers to explain dispersal of animals from the Tethyan region and the land masses and islands that surround it. Adapted to primate evolution it is used to suggest that the origins and diversifications of anthropoids should focus on this Para-Tethyan area, i.e. Africa, Arabia, and southern Europe, rather than looking at one continent as the center of evolution for anthropoids.

Cf. pretarsioid hypothesis.

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