Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Ramapithecus-as-first-hominid Debate

Proposal by Lewis that the juxtaposed mandibular portions of Ramapithecus with a maxilla of Bramapithecus suggested that this Miocene hominoid was in fact the first hominid. This idea found support among authorities such as W. K. Gregory and, later, E. L. Simons. Subsequent fossil evidence has not supported the original interpretation of the tooth row as parabolic in shape, and Ramapithecus has been sunk into the hominoid taxon Sivapithecus.

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