By D. H. Tarling (auth.), Russell L. Ciochon, A. Brunetto Chiarelli (eds.)

It is now renowned that the concept that of drifting continents turned an estab­ lished idea through the Nineteen Sixties. no longer lengthy after this "revolution within the earth sciences," researchers started making use of the continental float version to difficulties in historic biogeography. One such challenge used to be the starting place and dispersal of the hot international monkeys, the Platyrrhini. Our pursuits during this topic all started within the overdue Nineteen Sixties on varied conti­ nents relatively self sustaining of each other within the towns of Florence, Italy, and Berkeley, California. In Florence in 1968, A. B. Chiarelli, via stimulating discussions with R. von Koenigswald and B. de Boer, turned intrigued with the prospect repositioning of the continents of Africa and South the United States within the early Cenozoic may well modify prior conventional conceptions of a North American beginning of the Platyrrhini. throughout the early Nineteen Seventies this con­ cept was once increased and pursued via him via discussions with scholars whereas serving as vacationing professor on the collage of Toronto. by way of this time, book of the magazine of Human Evolution was once good underway, and Dr. Chiarelli as editor inspired a discussion emphasizing continental waft versions of primate origins which culminated in a sequence of articles released in that magazine in the course of 1974-75. In early 1970, whereas attending the collage of California at Berkeley, R. L. Ciochon was once brought to the concept that of continental go with the flow and plate tectonics and their concomitant functions to vertebrate evolution via talks with paleontologist W. A. Clemens and anthropologist S. L. Washburn.

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