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Primate quadrupedalism: how and why does it differ from that of typical quadrupeds?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2692779     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Primate quadrupedalism has been reported to differ from that of typical mammals in a variety of features, the most discussed of which is footfall patterns. All prior explanations for this disparity have been based on morphological differences between primates and nonprimates. This paper questions the adequacy of the current and generally accepted explanation for these locomotor differences, which is based upon hypothesized differences in the location of the center of gravity. Additionally, it is suggested here that neurological factors rather than morphological ones primarily explain the unique attributes of primate quadrupedalism.
J A Vilensky
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brain, behavior and evolution     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0006-8977     ISO Abbreviation:  Brain Behav. Evol.     Publication Date:  1989  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-03-08     Completed Date:  1990-03-08     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151620     Medline TA:  Brain Behav Evol     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  357-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy, Indiana University School of Medicine, Fort Wayne.
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MeSH Terms
Gait / physiology*
Locomotion / physiology*
Muscles / innervation*
Nervous System Physiological Phenomena*
Primates / physiology*
Species Specificity*

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