Studying mammals: Food for thought
Studying mammals: Food for thought

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Figure 3 Compiled by Douglas Palmer and Patricia Ash;

Figure 4 Reprinted from Fleagle, J. G. (1987) Primate Adaptation and Evolution, pp. 81 and 107, copyright © 1997, with permission from Elsevier;

Figure 6 Jones, S., Martin, R. and Pilbeam, D. (1992) The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Human Evolution, Cambridge University Press;

Figure 7 Lewin, R. (1999) Human Evolution (4th edn) Blackwell Publishers Ltd;

Figure 8 Stringer, C. and McKie, R. (1997) African Exodus: The Origins of Modern Humanity, Vintage/Ebury (a division of Random House Group);

Figure 9 Courtesy of the Sumatran Orangutan Society.

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