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Ecological divergence and medial cuneiform morphology in gorillas

Tocheri, Matthew; Solhan, Christyna; Orr, Caley; Fermani, John; Frohlich, Bruno; Groves, Colin; Harcourt-Smith, William; Richmond, Brian G; Shoelson, Brett; Jungers, William L


Gorillas are more closely related to each other than to any other extant primate and are all terrestrial knuckle-walkers, but taxa differ along a gradient of dietary strategies and the frequency of arboreality in their behavioral repertoire. In this study, we test the hypothesis that medial cuneiform morphology falls on a morphocline in gorillas that tracks function related to hallucial abduction ability and relative frequency of arboreality. This morphocline predicts that western gorillas,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Human Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2010.09.002


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