Comparison of bone density patterns of the subaxial spine between chimpanzees and gorillas : a case study
1Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202301193755
John Wiley & Sons,
|Publish Date:|| 2023-11-24
Case study on the bone density pattern of subaxial vertebral column in African apes.
Introduction: African apes have been noted to experience fewer back ailments than humans and to have higher vertebral bone density. Yet, research on the subject is quite limited and has usually included only one or few vertebrae. However, to understand vertebral column as whole and how posture and locomotion might have affected it, we need to know how bone density varies between adjacent vertebrae.
Materials and Methods: Bone density in the vertebral body was measured for all subaxial vertebrae of five specimens including two Pan troglodytes (1 male and 1 female) and three Gorilla gorilla (2 males and 1 female) using peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT).
Results: The results tentatively indicated differences between species, especially in the trabecular density of the cervical segment and support the need for further studies on this subject.
Journal of medical primatology
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A1 Journal article – refereed
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412 Animal science, dairy science
413 Veterinary science
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
This work was financially supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, who had no involvement in the study design, execution, or reporting.
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