Substrate Diameter and Orientation in the Context of Food Type in the Gray Mouse Lemur, Microcebus murinus: Implications for the Origins of Grasping in Primates

  title={Substrate Diameter and Orientation in the Context of Food Type in the Gray Mouse Lemur, Microcebus murinus: Implications for the Origins of Grasping in Primates},
  author={S{\'e}verine L D Toussaint and Anthony Herrel and Callum F. Ross and Fabienne Aujard and Emmanuelle Pouydebat},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
Grasping is a widespread behavior among tetrapod vertebrates. In primates, the hands and feet are involved in many tasks including arboreal locomotion and food acquisition. Yet, the origin and the evolution of prehensile capacities, which are highly diversified across this group, remain open for inquiry. Some researchers suggest that grasping evolved in an arboreal habitat consisting of fine branches associated with insect predation and/or fruit and flower exploitation. However, few studies… 

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