The Cross River gorillas : a distinct subspecies, Gorilla gorilla diehli Matschie 1904. American Museum novitates ; no. 3304

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dc.contributor.author Sarmiento, Esteban E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Oates, John F., 1944- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:44:32Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:44:32Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/2958
dc.description 55 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 52-55). en_US
dc.description.abstract "This study presents the results of a new set of measurements made on museum specimens of gorilla skeletons from the Cross River headwaters. It provides a review of the taxonomy of Cross River gorillas and describes their distribution and related aspects of their natural history. Considering their distinctiveness and geographic isolation, Cross River gorillas are best regarded as a distinct subspecies, G.g. diehli. Compared to other western gorilla populations, Cross River gorillas have smaller dentitions, smaller palates, smaller cranial vaults, and shorter skulls. Although Cross River gorillas do not seem to differ from other western gorillas in either body size or limb long bone lengths, measurements from a single male suggest that they may have shorter hands and feet and a larger opposability index than other western gorillas. Marked variation in the habitats of Cross River gorillas and insufficient data on behavior frustrate attempts to directly associate morphology with ecology. Many of their distinguishing characters, however, are parts of an adaptive complex that in most primates is characteristic of increasing terrestriality. A subspecific designation for Cross River gorillas correlates with other biogeographic patterns, since many primate species and subspecies inhabiting the Cross River area are distinct from their counterparts further south where other western gorillas occur"--P. 2. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 3304 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3304, 2000 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Gorilla -- Cameroon en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Gorilla -- Cross River (Cameroon and Nigeria) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Primates -- Cameroon en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Primates -- Cross River (Cameroon and Nigeria) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Cameroon en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Cross River (Cameroon and Nigeria) en_US
dc.title The Cross River gorillas : a distinct subspecies, Gorilla gorilla diehli Matschie 1904. American Museum novitates ; no. 3304 en_US
dc.title.alternative Cross River gorilla en_US
dc.type text en_US

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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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