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Limb bone morphology, bone strength, and cursoriality in lagomorphs
The primary aim of this study is to broadly evaluate the relationship between cursoriality (i.e. anatomical and physiological specialization for running) and limb bone morphology in lagomorphs.Expand
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Evolution of the hominoid vertebral column: The long and the short of it
The postcranial axial skeleton exhibits considerable morphological and functional diversity among living primates. Particularly striking are the derived features in hominoids that distinguish themExpand
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Foramen magnum position in bipedal mammals.
The anterior position of the human foramen magnum is often explained as an adaptation for maintaining balance of the head atop the cervical vertebral column during bipedalism and the assumption ofExpand
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Prezygapophyseal articular facet shape in the catarrhine thoracolumbar vertebral column.
  • G. A. Russo
  • Biology, Medicine
  • American journal of physical anthropology
  • 1 August 2010
Two contrasting patterns of lumbar vertebral morphology generally characterize anthropoids. "Long-backed" monkeys are distinguished from "short-backed" apes [Benton: The baboon in medical research,Expand
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Tail growth tracks the ontogeny of prehensile tail use in capuchin monkeys (Cebus albifrons and C. apella).
Physical anthropologists have devoted considerable attention to the structure and function of the primate prehensile tail. Nevertheless, previous morphological studies have concentrated solely onExpand
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Morphological correlates of tail length in the catarrhine sacrum.
Taillessness is a distinctive synapomorphy of the Hominoidea that has implications for interpretation of the locomotor behaviors and phylogenetic affinities of the clade's earliest members. However,Expand
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Postsacral Vertebral Morphology in Relation to Tail Length Among Primates and Other Mammals
  • G. A. Russo
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Anatomical record
  • 1 February 2015
Tail reduction/loss independently evolved in a number of mammalian lineages, including hominoid primates. One prerequisite to appropriately contextualizing its occurrence and understanding itsExpand
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Another look at the foramen magnum in bipedal mammals.
A more anteriorly positioned foramen magnum evolved in concert with bipedalism at least four times within Mammalia: once in macropodid marsupials, once in heteromyid rodents, once in dipodid rodents,Expand
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Reevaluation of the lumbosacral region of Oreopithecus bambolii.
Functional interpretations of the postcranium of the late Miocene ape Oreopithecus bambolii are controversial. The claim that Oreopithecus practiced habitual terrestrial bipedalism is partly based onExpand
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Comparative sacral morphology and the reconstructed tail lengths of five extinct primates: Proconsul heseloni, Epipliopithecus vindobonensis, Archaeolemur edwardsi, Megaladapis grandidieri, and
  • G. A. Russo
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of human evolution
  • 2016
This study evaluated the relationship between the morphology of the sacrum-the sole bony link between the tail or coccyx and the rest of the body-and tail length (including presence/absence) andExpand
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