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Primate Skeletal Morphology Research Resource

by Ed Hagen last modified Aug 24, 2009 08:26 PM
The Caribbean Primate Research Center (CPRC) skeletal research collection includes over 3,500 complete or nearly-complete skeletons (both crania and postcrania) of nonhuman primates, mostly rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta, N>3,000) and patas (Erythrocebus patas, N>250) monkeys.

Other species of New and Old World monkeys are also included but in smaller numbers.  This resource has been developed by systematic collection since the 1970s after naturally occurring deaths in the CPRC facilities and includes the entire lifespan.  Most the rhesus macaques are derived from free-ranging Cayo Santiago colony and are of known identity, age, sex, matriline, and parity.  Maternity, paternity, and behavioral data are available for some specimens as well as limited necropsy and histopathology information. The curated collection is housed in the Laboratory of Primate Morphology and Genetics (LPMG) (formerly the CPRC Museum) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The rhesus macaque collection is ideally suited for studies of morphological integration, genetics of skeletal morphology, postnatal skeletal development and age-related changes, skeletal pathology and research on the genetic basis of spontaneously occurring natural phenotypic variation.  Scientists and students interested in further information about the LPMG collections and their access are encouraged to email queries to

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