28 July 2015
The question of whether or not Proconsul possessed a tail has been definitively answered before. One of the most assertive statements about that tail came from Carol Ward in 1991. There are more fantastic papers about slightly more interesting topics in the history of Proconsul (not that Dr. Ward did not have an interesting paper). These topics include discussions about the skull, locomotion (also Ward), and even a Proconsul centered systematic revision. Systematics are a difficult topic, but it is papers like that that will answer the monkey or ape question concerning our furry little primate. Rather than giving the punchline for them, I recommend that reading paper be the first priority of the concerned, but uninformed, citizen scientist.