Vertebral Morphology in Relation to Head Posture and Locomotion I: The Cervical Spine

Thierra K. Nalley, Neysa Grider-Potter

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The cervical spine is the connection between the head and postcranial skeleton, and it has several critical biological roles. Historically, this region has received less attention than other components of the vertebral column in studies of comparative primate anatomy, despite its important functional relationships. More recently, however, researchers have begun to explore these relationships by expanding taxonomic sampling, incorporating 3D morphometrics and new quantification methodologies, and examining cervical variation in the context of more refined, quantified measures of head and neck posture and locomotor behaviors. This chapter reviews what is known about the functional morphology of the primate cervical spine in relation to head stabilization and locomotor behaviors and highlights avenues of future research and hypothesis testing.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Título de la publicación alojadaSpinal Evolution
Subtítulo de la publicación alojadaMorphology, Function, and Pathology of the Spine in Hominoid Evolution
EditorialSpringer International Publishing
Número de páginas16
ISBN (versión digital)9783030193492
ISBN (versión impresa)9783030193485
EstadoPublished - ene 1 2019
Publicado de forma externa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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