Wednesday, February 29, 2012

[Palaeontology • 2003] Khoratpithecus (originally 'cf. Lufengpithecus' ) chiangmuanensis • A Middle Miocene hominoid from Thailand and orangutan origins


Figure 3: cf. Lufengpithecus chiangmuanensis n. sp.



Figure: Khoratpithecus chiangmuanensis. A: Isolated teeth discovered onthe site of Chiang Muan, Thailand. The top two rows are male teeth, the lowertwo rows are female teeth. B: 3D analysis by X-ray synchrotron microtomographyof a second lower molar from a male. From left to right: 3D reconstruction, virtualvertical cut, and quantitative distribution map of enamel. The scale bars represent 1 cm.

Fossil teeth hint at orang-utan origins: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2823245.stm

Y. Chaimanee, D. Jolly, Benammi, M., Tafforeau, P., Duzer, D., Moussa, I. and J.-J. Jaeger. 2003. A Middle Miocene hominoid from Thailand and orangutan origins. Nature 422 (6927): 61–65. doi:10.1038/nature01449.

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