Marcelo Tejedor: "The origin and evolution of Neotropical primates"
Monday 11 September, 11:28pm
64 Banbury Road, Oxford
Dr. Marcelo Tejedor
Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia.
Dr. Tejedor is researcher at the Argentine Council of Science and Technology (CONICET), professor of Evolution at the National University of Patagonia, and vice director of the Patagonian Institute of Geology and Paleontology (CCT CENPAT, Puerto Madryn, Argentina). He is also guest professor at the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, Sweden.
Talk abstract: The evolutionary history of platyrrhine primates, today widely distributed in the Neotropical Region, has been intensely debated during the past decades. The notable increase in the fossil record has reoriented our previous hypotheses in benefitting from a better knowledge about the origin, diversity, distribution and phylogeny of the platyrrhines in the past, as well as their relationships with the living forms. In light of the recently reported oldest records of South American primates, from the late Eocene of Santa Rosa, Peru, the scenario changes and new evidence strongly supports an African origin and dispersal into South America.