Muscle Mass Scaling in Primates: An Energetic and Ecological Perspective

  title={Muscle Mass Scaling in Primates: An Energetic and Ecological Perspective},
  author={Magdalena N Muchlinski and J Josh Snodgrass and Carl J. Terranova},
  journal={American Journal of Primatology},
Body composition is known to vary dramatically among mammals, even in closely related species, yet this issue has never been systematically investigated. Here, we examine differences in muscle mass scaling among mammals, and explore how primate body composition compares to that of nonprimate mammals. We use a literature‐based sample of eutherian and metatherian mammals, and combine this with new dissection‐based data on muscularity in a variety of strepsirrhine primates and the haplorhine… 
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