Morphology and locomotor adaptations of the bovid femur in relation to habitat.

@article{Kappelman1988MorphologyAL,
  title={Morphology and locomotor adaptations of the bovid femur in relation to habitat.},
  author={J Kappelman},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  year={1988},
  volume={198 1},
  pages={119-30}
}
Extant bovids inhabit a wide diversity of environments that range from forest to savanna and display locomotor patterns that are habitat specific. I report here on an investigation of the linkage between these locomotor patterns and habitat based on a study of the morphology of the bovid femur. Femoral head shape, shaft dimensions, and knee structure are examined and support a statistically significant separation of the different morphological complexes present in bovids from forest, broken… CONTINUE READING
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