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Vol. 50, No. 1-2, 1988
Issue release date: 1988
Section title: Reviewed Article
Folia Primatol 1988;50:42–58
(DOI:10.1159/000156333)

Curvature of the Lumbar Spine as a Consequence of Mechanical Necessities in Japanese Macaques Trained for Bipedalism

Preuschoft H.a · Hayama S.b · Günther M.M.a
aAbteilung Funktionelle Morphologie, Anatomisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, BRD; bDepartment of Anatomy, Kansai Medical University, Fumizonocho, Moriguchi, Osaka, Japan

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Abstract of Reviewed Article

Received: 3/17/1987
Accepted: 4/21/1988
Published online: 9/11/2008
Issue release date: 1988

Number of Print Pages: 17
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR

Abstract

If trained to walk bipedally at a juvenile age and over periods of some months or years, Japanese monkeys gradually acquire a pronounced lordosis of the lumbar spine. This lordosis persists even in the ‘normal’, pronograde posture of these animals. It is due to a relative increase of the ventral lengths of the vertebral bodies. This morphological change is clearly an adaptation to the mechanical necessities of the upright body posture. Our result is in complete accordance with the development of a lordosis in human children between 1 and 5 years, as described recently by others.

© 1988 S. Karger AG, Basel


  

Author Contacts

H. Preuschoft, Abteilung Funktionelle Morphologic, Anatomisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität, D-4630 Bochum (FRG)

  

Article Information

Received: March 17, 1987
Accepted: April 21, 1988
Published online: September 11, 2008
Number of Print Pages : 17

  

Publication Details

Folia Primatologica (International Journal of PrimatologyInternationale Zeitschrift für PrimatologieJournal international de Primatologie)

Vol. 50, No. 1-2, Year 1988 (Cover Date: 1988)

Journal Editor: Crompton R.H. (Liverpool)
ISSN: 0015–5713 (Print), eISSN: 1421–9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Reviewed Article

Received: 3/17/1987
Accepted: 4/21/1988
Published online: 9/11/2008
Issue release date: 1988

Number of Print Pages: 17
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


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