, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 337–357

Quadrupedalism in primates

  • M. D. Rose

DOI: 10.1007/BF01731356

Cite this article as:
Rose, M.D. Primates (1973) 14: 337. doi:10.1007/BF01731356


Although many primates can be classified as quadrupeds, quadrupedalism in primates has not in the past received as much detailed attention as some other locomotor modes. In the present study quadrupedalism in primates is analysed in terms of positional behavior (locomotor and postural activities in an environmental context) and a number of categories are defined. For arboreal primates different adaptations are evident in animals of different body sizes. However, all adaptations are related to the exploitation of the small branch setting.

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. Rose
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human AnatomyUniversity of NairobiNairobiKenya

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