A study of facial growth in the sooty mangabey Cercocebus atys

P. O’Higgins, T. G. Bromage, D. R. Johnson, W. J. Moore, P. McPhie

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This study examines the pattern of facial bone growth remodelling in the sooty mangabey (Cercocebus atys) by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of high-accuracy replicas. The efficacy of the technique is appraised by SEM interpretations of facial remodelling in the crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) and correlative histological examination. The results indicate that the distribution of depository and resorptive areas in Cercocebus closely parallels that which has been observed in Macaca. It is suggested that the different adult facial morphologies in the sooty mangabey and crab-eating macaque are the result of changes in the rates of remodelling events that may be coupled with different patterns of sutural growth (which could not be studied by SEM).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-94
Number of pages9
JournalFolia Primatologica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991


  • Bone remodelling
  • Cercocebus atys
  • Cranial morphology
  • Facial growth
  • Mangabey
  • Scanning electron microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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