Fetal and infant growth patterns of the mandibular symphysis in modern humans and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)

  title={Fetal and infant growth patterns of the mandibular symphysis in modern humans and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)},
  author={Michael Coquerelle and Fred L. Bookstein and Jos{\'e} Braga and Demetrios J. Halazonetis and Gerhard W. Weber},
  journal={Journal of Anatomy},
Comparison of the early development of the mandibular symphysis between primates and modern humans is of particular interest in human palaeontology. Using geometric morphometric methods, we explored and compared the ontogenetic shape changes of 14 chimpanzee mandibles (Pan troglodytes) against 66 human CT‐scanned mandibles over the age range from fetal life to the complete emergence of the deciduous dentition in a visualization incorporating the deciduous tooth arrangement. The results reveal… 

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