Sifaka positional behavior: ontogenetic and quantitative genetic approaches.

  title={Sifaka positional behavior: ontogenetic and quantitative genetic approaches.},
  author={Richard R. Lawler},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={131 2},
In many primate species, hands and feet are large relative to neonatal body weight, and they subsequently exhibit negative allometric growth during ontogeny. Here, data are presented showing that this pattern holds for a wild population of lemur, Verreaux's sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi). Using morphometric data collected on this population, it is shown that younger animals possess relatively large hands and feet. This ontogenetic pattern suggests a simple behavioral test: do juvenile… CONTINUE READING
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