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South African Fossil Hominoids

Naturevolume 166pages158159 (1950) | Download Citation



PROF. LE GROS CLARK1 seems to have misunderstood the point of my communication2 about the South African fossil anthropoids. I have nowhere claimed that “the major dimensions and indices of individual teeth can by themselves provide adequate information on which to base statements regarding affinities of primitive hominids and anthropoid apes”. The object of my note was to show that adequate comparisons by proper statistical procedures fail to substantiate a commonly stated view that the teeth of the South African Australopithecine apes differ significantly in size and general shape from those of existing apes. Whatever its other purpose, his letter may, however, help to underline the object of my communication and of the studies on which it was based.

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