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Detecting bone functional adaptation in the capitate of extant hominoids

Bird, Emma E., Kivell, Tracy L., Skinner, Matthew M. (2019) Detecting bone functional adaptation in the capitate of extant hominoids. In: Australasian Society of Human Biology, December 2019. (Submitted) (doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.30556.41606) (KAR id:84492)


As a central component of the midcarpal and carpometacarpal joints, the capitate plays a primary role in primate hand biomechanics. Capitate morphology facilitates mobility of the midcarpal joint in suspensory apes, limits extension in knuckle-walking apes, and in humans stabilises the capitometacarpal joint for tool behaviours. Biomechanical loading of the capitate varies across taxa with respect to changes in hand and wrist postures associated with different locomotor and manipulative repertoires. As a metabolically active tissue, internal trabecular bone is known to remodel over the lifetime of an individual, and has the potential to reveal patterns of in vivo loading.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Poster)
DOI/Identification number: 10.13140/RG.2.2.30556.41606
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Emma Bird
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 13:29 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2023 14:28 UTC
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