Masses, centers‐of‐gravity, and moments‐of‐inertia of the body segments of the rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta)

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Segmental parameters (mass, center‐of‐gravity, and moment‐of‐inertia) are necessary for biomechanical analyses of a species' locomotor behavior. Seven male and eight female adult rhesus monkey cadavers were dismembered in order to determine segmental parameters. Mean values for the segment masses and moments‐of‐inertia are presented for males and females, separately and together. Statistical tests revealed significant differences between the sexes for these parameters. Regression equations for predicting segment masses and moments‐of‐inertia were developed for the sexes separately and pooled. For most segments the male and female equations did not differ significantly in slope or y‐intercept. The center‐of‐gravity for each segment is presented as a mean percentage of the distance between the proximal and distal joint centers. The regression equations and center‐of‐gravity locations presented here permit biomechanical investigations of rhesus monkey locomotion without the necessity of subsequent sacrifice. The segmental parameter values determined for the rhesus monkey are compared with available data for other primate and mammalian species and the biomechanical and adaptive implications of such comparisons are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-65
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1979
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomechanical
  • Center‐of‐gravity
  • Locomotion
  • Moment‐of‐inertia
  • Segment mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology

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