Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Wilson, Allan Charles

New Zealand born-US molecular biologist at UC Berkeley; with his students Vince Sarich (using serum albumin) and Rebecca Cann (using mitochondrial DNA), Wilson shocked the field of paleontology twice, first by pre-dicting that the most recent ape-human ancestor was likely to be found in fossiliferous strata dating closer to 5 than to 15 mya (1967), and second, that the most recent ancestor of all AMHs was likely to be found closer to 200 kya than to 2 mya (1989). Wilson and his students were involved with the development of molecular clock(s) and the validation of such devices by means of, for example, the relative rate test.

See Ramapithecus and mitochondrial Eve.

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