Effects of size on vervet (Cercopithecus aethiops) gait parameters: A longitudinal approach

Joel A. Vilensky, Eva Gankiewicz, Douglas W. Townsend

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Changes in the values of certain locomotor parameters were analyzed over a range of speeds for five immature vervet monkeys sampled at 6 month intervals over approximately a 3 year period. Lateral and diagonal sequence walking gaits and transverse and rotary gallops were commonly used. The monkeys switched from walking to galloping at long cycle durations for their mass, although, as a group, their transition speeds were in agreement with data from other mammals. However, for individual monkeys, transition speed was not consistently dependent on body mass. Cycle and stance durations generally increased with increasing size at each speed for each animal, with the greatest increases occurring at slower speeds. Swing durations increased slightly with size. For any particular individual, speed was highly predictable from cycle (or stance) duration and body mass (or age). However, the multiple regression equations for each animal were significantly different from each other, suggesting that no single equation is satisfactory for all of the individuals within a species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-439
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1990


  • Gallop
  • Locomotion
  • Ontogeny
  • Primates
  • Run
  • Walk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology

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