The application of biomechanical motion analysis to aspects of green monkey (Cercopithecus a. sabaeus) locomotion

Authors

  • James P. Wells Ph.D.,

    1. Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts; Department of Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Anatomical Sciences, School of Basic Health Sciences, Health Science Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York 11794
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  • Graeme A. Wood

    1. Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts; Department of Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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  • Research partially supported by Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research Behavioral Science Foundation Fellowship.

  • A version of this paper was presented at the 42nd annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (April, 1973).

Abstract

A cinematographic method of biomechanical motion analysis is presented which permits the determination of body segment forces and joint moments of force, and thereby dominant muscle action. An analysis of the horizontal leap of Cercopithecus is used as an example of the utility of this approach in the area of functional morphology. Kinematic and kinetic data are presented and discussed in terms of the biomechanical requirements of this form of locomotion. The importance of a consideration of inertial as well as gravitational forces in an analysis of positional behavior involving body motion is stressed.

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