The Phylogenetic Significance of the Skin of Primates
A wealth of information concerning the skin of subhuman primates has been generated over the past two decades. Encompassing more than 60 articles that address the specific cutaneous attributes of more than 50 primate species, these details have contributed substantially to a baseline understanding of the primate, integumentary organ system. In each study, histological and histochemical data established cutaneous profiles unique to the species examined. As more studies accumulated, species-specific nuances became even more apparent, as did certain basic, underlying trends. For example, patterns in categories such as numbers and distribution of melanocytes (Machida and Perkins, 1967) and arrangement of hair follicles (Perkins et al., 1969) began to emerge, i.e., the synthesis and interpretation of this previously fragmentary data revealed cutaneous signatures which, in effect, recorded primate evolutionary affinities.
KeywordsHair Follicle Phylogenetic Significance World Monkey Sebaceous Gland Eccrine Sweat Gland
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