Where did all these monkeys come from? – Fossil teeth may hint at an Asian origin for anthropoid primates
Where did anthropoid primates come from? This question has not been an easy one to answer. Since the early days of paleontology various experts have proposed a slew of scenarios for the origins of the primate group which today contains monkeys and apes (including us), with different experts favoring various combination of places, times, and evolutionary rootstocks. To this day questions over the who, what, when, where, why, and how of anthropoid origins continue to spur frequent debates in the pages of journals and at conferences.
The nature of the early primate fossil record – mostly a collection of teeth and limb fragments – has made debate commonplace and consensus difficult to achieve, but during the