4. Experimental Approaches to Musculoskeletal Function in Primates

  1. David R. Begun
  1. Matthew J. Ravosa,
  2. Kimberly A. Congdon and
  3. Rachel A. Menegaz

Published Online: 14 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118332344.ch4

A Companion to Paleoanthropology

A Companion to Paleoanthropology

How to Cite

Ravosa, M. J., Congdon, K. A. and Menegaz, R. A. (2013) Experimental Approaches to Musculoskeletal Function in Primates, in A Companion to Paleoanthropology (ed D. R. Begun), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118332344.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 FEB 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331165

Online ISBN: 9781118332344



  • bone strain;
  • electromyography;
  • kinetics;
  • paleoanthropology;
  • primate in-vivo analyses


In-vivo methods have become prominent in the study of primate feeding and locomotor behaviors. Analyses of the skull and postcranium have often incorporated a number of similar experimental approaches, including bone strain, electromyography, kinematics, and kinetics. This chapter reviews these major approaches and themes in primate in-vivo analyses, tabulates representative lists of studies, and concludes with a brief summary of new avenues of paleoanthropological research. It emphasizes that an in-vivo, integrative perspective will always benefit from the use and development of new experimental techniques.