He has written extensively on the comparative anatomy and evolutionary biology of primates and other arboreal mammals, and on the history and philosophy of theories in evolutionary anthropology. He is the co- author (with W.L. Hylander and J. Shafland) of Human Structure (1987) and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. His history of ideas about hunting and human origins. A View to a Death in the Morning, will appear in 1993 from Harvard University Press.
New views on primate origins
Article first published online: 2 JUN 2005
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Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Volume 1, Issue 3, pages 105–111, 1992
How to Cite
Cartmill, M. (1992), New views on primate origins. Evol. Anthropol., 1: 105–111. doi: 10.1002/evan.1360010308
- Issue published online: 2 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 2 JUN 2005
- primate evolution;
Most primates live in trees, and many of them have strikingly human-like hands and faces. Scientists who study primate evolution agree that these two facts must be connected in some way. The details, however, are a matter of debate. Early theories explained the human-like peculiarities of primates simply as arboreal adaptations. More recent accounts have traced the origins of these peculiarities to more specific ways of arboreal life, involving leaping locomotion, shrub-layer foraging, visually guided predation on insects, or fruit-eating.