Primate Phylogenetics

Abstract

Hypotheses of primate phylogenetic relationships have been greatly influenced by molecular systematic approaches. Improved methods of obtaining and amplifying deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from a greater number of sources from more species and subspecies, high‐throughput sequencing techniques, the characterization of genomic events such as the insertion of retrotransposons, along with new analytical techniques have allowed inferences to be drawn for most genus‐level branches of the primate phylogenetic tree.

Keywords: phylogeny; systematics; taxonomy; strepsirrhini; Haplorhini

Figure 1.

Two main hypotheses of primate subordinal relationships: (a) Prosimian/Anthropoid hypothesis and (b) Strepsirhine/Haplorhine hypothesis.

Figure 2.

Current consensus view of primate phylogeny derived from molecular analyses.

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Disotell, Todd R(Mar 2008) Primate Phylogenetics. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005833.pub2]