Dental Maturity and the Ontogeny of Sex-Based Differences in the Dentofacial Complex of Rhesus Macaques from Cayo Santiago

  • Qian Wang
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)


The dentofacial complex has important functions related to vision, sound, and nutrition (Lieberman 2011 ). In addition to traditional attempts to estimate age in lieu of birth records in forensic and anthropological studies (i.e., Relethford et al 1982 ; Nuzzolese and Di Vella 2008 ), investigations of dental eruption in various past and present primates have revealed important information on ontogeny, phylogeny, evolution, diet, living conditions, physiology, and life history patterns (i.e., Zuckerman 1928 ; Schultz 1935 ; Hurme and Van Wagenen 1961 ; Nissen and Riesen 1964 ; Cheverud 1981 ; Mann 1988 ; Phillips-Conroy and Jolly 1988 ; Smith 1989, 1994 ; Anemone et al. 1991, 1996 ; Kuykendall et al.


Sexual Maturity Rhesus Macaque Functional Maturity Tooth Eruption Facial Skeleton 
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The author thanks the Caribbean Primate Research Center (CPRC) of the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, especially the Laboratory of Primate Morphology and Genetics. The author is also grateful to Barth Wright, Amanda Smith, Terry Kensler, Myriam Viñales, Michael Horst, Sandra Leeper-Woodford, Daniel Hagan, Pad Rengasamy, Craig Byron, Greg Blomquist, Denise Collins, Ernestine Waters, and Li Sun for their help in many ways. Professor Donald C. Dunbar and two anonymous reviewers are thanked for their constructive comments. This study was made possible, in part, by financial support from the National Science Foundation (HOMINID grant BCS0725183) and the National Institutes of Health (Grant P40 RR003640 to the CPRC).


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  1. 1.Division of Basic Medical SciencesMercer University School of MedicineMaconUSA

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