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Locomotor Function and the Evolution of the Primate Pelvis

Abstract The bony pelvis is a pivotal component of the locomotor system, as it links the hindlimb with the trunk and serves as anchorage for the primary propulsive musculature. Its shape is therefore expected to be adapted to the biomechanical demands of habitual locomotor behavior. However, because the relationship between locomotor mechanics and pelvic morphology is not well understood, the adaptive significance of particular pelvic traits and overall pelvic shape remains unclear. This study used an integrative, dual approach to elucidate the relationship between form and function in the primate pelvis. A biomechanical cylinder model of pelvic stress resistance was tested using in vitro strain analysis of monkey and ape cadaver specimens. These re... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Lewton, Kristi Lynn (Author) / Spencer, Mark A (Advisor) / Reed, Kaye E (Committee member) / Schwartz, Gary T (Committee member) / Ward, Carol V (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Anthropology, Physical / adaptation / biomechanics / locomotion / morphometrics / pelvis
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 442 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Anthropology 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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