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Craniofacial Sexual Dimorphism in Alouatta palliata. The Mantled Howling Monkey
Journal of Zoology (2006)
  • Laurie Godfrey, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • M B Blanco
Ontogenetic scaling has been hailed as an explanation of the differences in craniofacial morphology between adult males and females of a number of non human primate species. This inference has implications for the evolutionary processes underlying patterns of sexual variation, as several heterochronic processes (rate and time hypo- and hypermorphosis) predict ontogenetic scaling. Primary among species for which ontogenetic scaling of craniofacial dimensions has been claimed is Alouatta palliata, the mantled howling monkey. This study uses a variety of analytical tools to explore the efficacy of ontogenetic scaling as an explanatory paradigm for this classic example. Multivariate analysis captures shape far better than does bivariate analysis. However, multivariate analysis does not support the traditional inference of ontogenetic scaling. Explanations for contradictory results are considered.
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DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00133.x
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Laurie Godfrey and M B Blanco. "Craniofacial Sexual Dimorphism in Alouatta palliata. The Mantled Howling Monkey" Journal of Zoology Vol. 270 (2006)
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