Northern Illinois University Press


Postcranial Adaptation in Nonhuman Primates

Edited by Daniel L. Gebo

Incorporating the latest research of leading scholars in the field, this collection of essays offers a comprehensive overview of function and adaptation in the postcranial skeleton of living and fossil nonhuman primates. Following an essay on the biomechanics of primate limbs, seven essays address major aspects of functional morphology and anatomy in primatesócovering the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, hip, thigh, foot, and vertebral column. The final four essays apply this anatomical knowledge toward interpreting positional and locomotor behavior in extinct primates preserved in the fossil record. Generously illustrated, the volume is intended for students of functional comparative anatomy, morphology, zoology, paleontology, and physical anthropology.

(1993) 291 pp., 161 illus., 19 tables
ISBN: 978-0-87580-559-7
paper $38.50

Table of Contents

Preface
Part 1: Biomechanics
Biomechanics of Primate Limbs: Sharon M. Swartz

Part 2: The Primate Body
Functional Morphology of the Shoulder in Primates: Susan G. Larson
Functional Anatomy of the Elbow and Forearm in Primates: Michael D. Rose
Aspects of the Anthropoid Wrist and Hand: Paul F. Whitehead
Functional Morphology of the Vertebral Column in Primates: Liza Shapiro
The Functional Anatomy of the Hip and Thigh in Primates: Robert L. Anemone
Functional Morphology of the Foot in Primates: Daniel L. Gebo
Part 3: Extinct Primates
Postcranial Anatomy and Locomotor Behavior in Eocene Primates: Marian Dagosto
Postcranial Anatomy and Locomotor Adaptation in Early African Anthropoids: Daniel L. Gebo
Postcranial Adaptations and Positional Behavior in Fossil Platyrrhines: Jeff Meldrum
Locomotor Anatomy of Miocene Homonids: Michael D. Rose
List of Contributors
Index

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-559-7
paper $38.50