Skeletal Pathology in Pan Troglodytes Schweinfurthii in Kibale National Park, Uganda

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Skeletal Pathology in Pan Troglodytes Schweinfurthii in Kibale National Park, Uganda

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Title: Skeletal Pathology in Pan Troglodytes Schweinfurthii in Kibale National Park, Uganda
Author: Carter, Melinda L.; Pontzer, Herman; Wrangham, Richard W.; Peterhans, Julian Kerbis

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Citation: Carter, Melinda L., Herman Pontzer, Richard W. Wrangham, and Julian Kerbis Peterhans. 2008. Skeletal pathology in Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii in Kibale National Park, Uganda. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135(4): 389–403.
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Abstract: The ecological pressures shaping chimpanzee anatomy and behavior are the subject of much discussion in primatology and paleoanthropology, yet empirical data on fundamental parameters including body size, morbidity, and mortality are rare for wild chimpanzees. Here, we present skeletal pathology and body size data for 20 (19 crania, 12 postcrania) chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) from Kibale
National Park, Uganda. We compare these data with other East African populations, especially Gombe National Park. Estimated body size for Kibale chimpanzees was similar to other East African populations
and significantly larger than Gombe chimpanzees. The high rates of trauma and other skeletal pathology evident in the Kibale chimpanzee skeletons were similar to those in the Gombe skeletal sample. Much of the major skeletal trauma in the Kibale skeletons was attributable to falls, although other pathologies were noted as well, including apparent injuries from snares, degenerative arthritis, and minor congenital abnormalities.
Published Version: doi:10.1002/ajpa.20758
Other Sources: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~kibale/publications.html
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3743675
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