The present paper, a supplement to the author’s article in ‘Primatologia, Handbook of Primatology’, gives a synopsis of the most important data of the hip and thigh muscles of the recent primates and a discussion of the phylogenetic importance and age of distinct muscular features. On this base the questions are discussed of the structural pattern of the hip and thigh region in the earliest simians and prosimians, the later stages in the development of this muscular group to the conditions in the different recent simian groups and in man, and the difficulty in reconstructing the evolution of the muscular system of hip and thigh in prosimians.

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