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Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2010 Jun;21(4):441-52. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2009.10.012. Epub 2009 Nov 10.

The evolution of hominin ontogenies.

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Anthropological Institute, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland. zolli@aim.uzh.ch

Abstract

Since the beginnings of paleoanthropology, immature fossil hominin specimens have marked important but highly contested cornerstones of research. Long deemed as not representative of a fossil species' morphology, immature hominins are now in the center of scientific attention, and an increasing interest in evolutionary developmental questions has made developmental paleoanthropology a vibrant field of research. Here we report on recent advances in this field, which result from a combination of new methods to reconstruct fossil ontogenies with insights from evo-devo research on extant species.

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19900572
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10.1016/j.semcdb.2009.10.012
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