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Folia Primatol (Basel). 1978;29(2):86-94.

Skeletal differences between pygmy (Pan paniscus) and common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).

Abstract

Skeletal dimensions of pygmy (Pan paniscus) and common (Pan troglodytes) chimpanzees were compared. Significant differences were found in the clavicles, scapulae, pelvises, and in the humerus/femur and femur head/length ratios. No significant differences were observed in long bone lengths or talar breadths. There is extensive overlap in body weights, so that the observed differences cannot be accounted for by body size alone. We conclude that pygmy and common chimpanzees are morphologically distinct. Implications for hominoid evolution are discussed.

PMID:
658843
DOI:
10.1159/000155830
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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