Later Hominid Phylogenies and Paleobiogeography

Dryopithecine Apes

During the later parts of the middle Miocene, there was an expansion of continental ice sheets and increasing ice buildup in Antarctica, ultimately the result of the earlier separation of Australia from Antarctica, which had so significantly changed ocean currents and their circulation that it lead in time to a direct effect on world climate, producing global cooling Williams et al., 1998 Denton, 1999 . Significant cooling in the northern high latitudes is also indicated by seasonal ice-rafting...