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Fluctuating Asymmetry of Skull Characters of Macaca mulatta in Taihang Mountains
Author of the article:TIAN Huaxiang, HU Fengxia, HU Haiyang, YAN Shuaiguo, ZHAO Xiaojin
Author's Workplace:1. College of Fisheries, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, Henan Province 453007, China;
2. College of Life Sciences, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, Henan Province 453007, China
Key Words:Macaca mulatta; skull; fluctuating asymmetry; gender; age
Abstract:The fluctuating asymmetry (FA) of the skull of Macaca mulatta in Taihang Mountains and the factors which likely influenced FA variation were investigated in this study. The specimens of cranium consisting of sixty-two adult individuals, including nineteen males and forty-three females, were divided into groups according to gender and age, respectively. Twenty-four variables on both sides of the skull were measured and converted into values of FA. All the statistics were computed by SPSS 20.0. The results showed that there was no significant difference of FA values among gender or ages. The values of FA tended to be higher in female than in male, and higher in the sub-adults than in the adults, however, their differences were not statistically significant (P>0.05). Results suggested that the fluctuating asymmetry patterns of skull variables may be different from ones of their limb bones, and may reflect, to some degree, the plasticity in bilateral asymmetry with respect to early developmental factors and environmental factors of M. mulatta.
2015,34(4): 500-504 收稿日期:2014-10-31
基金项目:河南省基础与前沿技术研究计划项目(132300410136)资助; 河南师范大学博士点基金联合资助课题(20114104120006)
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