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Form and function of the primate cervical vertebral column


Abstract As the junction between the head and the trunk, the neck functions in providing head stability during behaviors like feeding to facilitating head mobility during behavior like grooming and predator vigilance. Despite its importance to these vital behaviors, its form and function remain poorly understood. Fossil hominin cervical vertebrae preserve a striking diversity in form despite the commitment to orthograde bipedality. Do these differences in cervical vertebral form correspond to functional variations among our recent ancestors? This dissertation attempts to understand 1) how does the neck function in head stability and mobility 2) how do these functions relate to cervical vertebral form. Kinematic and passive range of motion studies we... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Grider-Potter, Neysa (Author) / Kimbel, William (Advisor) / Raichlen, David (Committee member) / Schwartz, Gary (Committee member) / Ward, Carol (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Physical anthropology / Biomechanics / Axial Kinematics / Cervical spine / Functional Morphology / Passive Range of Motion
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 160 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Doctoral Dissertation Anthropology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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