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Odontometric variation within and between taxonomic levels of cercopithecidae: Implications for interpetations of fossil samples

  • V. J. Vitzthum
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Abstract

This study examines metric variation of the post-canine permanent dentition of four monkey groups (savannah and forest baboons, savannah and forest guenons) represented by 1,840 individuals.Papio, Mandrillus, Cercopithecus aethiops, andC. mitis each display marked within-group variation in tooth size. Taxonomic status and/or sexual composition of a sample does not correspond to a particular magnitude of variation. Therefore, the use of the coefficient of variation to assess either the specific or sexual composition of fossil samples is untenable.

Key words

baboons guenons dentition variation species definitions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. J. Vitzthum
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  1. 1.Population Studies Center, Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor

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