Experimental Approaches to Musculoskeletal Function in Primates

Matthew J. Ravosa, Kimberly A. Congdon, Rachel A. Menegaz

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In-vivo methods have become prominent in the study of primate feeding and locomotor behaviors. Analyses of the skull and postcranium have often incorporated a number of similar experimental approaches, including bone strain, electromyography, kinematics, and kinetics. This chapter reviews these major approaches and themes in primate in-vivo analyses, tabulates representative lists of studies, and concludes with a brief summary of new avenues of paleoanthropological research. It emphasizes that an in-vivo, integrative perspective will always benefit from the use and development of new experimental techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Paleoanthropology
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781444331165
StatePublished - 14 Jan 2013


  • Bone strain
  • Electromyography
  • Kinetics
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Primate in-vivo analyses

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