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Evolutionary Trends And GRasping form and function In Primates and other tetrapod lineages

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address: RUE CUVIER 57
city: PARIS
postcode: 75005

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 173˙076 €
 EC max contribution 173˙076 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-RI
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-18   to  2018-01-17


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 Project objective

Human beings have been credited with unparalleled capabilities for digital prehension grasping. However, given the single evolutionary origin of humans and the unique anatomical features they possess, quantitative tests of evolutionary scenarios remain difficult. Moreover, functional inferences based on fragmentary fossil material are often problematic. However, grasping behavior is widespread among tetrapods, thus providing an excellent context for testing hypotheses concerning the origin of manipulation and grasping. The propensity to grasp, and the anatomical characteristics that underlie it, appear in all of the major groups of tetrapods. Although some features are common to all tetrapods, other features, such as opposable digits and tendon morphology, appear to have evolved independently in many lineages. Although recent papers have reviewed the state of the art on grasping, a holistic study including the whole forelimb and its behavioral context in locomotion and manipulation is currently lacking. The goal of the present project is to provide an integrative approach that examines the occurrence of grasping behavior, the anatomy and function of the forelimb, and the evolution of grasping across the three major tetrapod clades that show manual grasping abilities: mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Within each clade I will compare and contrast the use of the forelimb, its anatomy, and its function in both arboreal and terrestrial animals to test the hypothesis of an arboreal origin of grasping and manipulation capacity. I will study the use of the hand and the forelimb in the context of locomotion and object/food manipulation to understand the relations between anatomy, function and ecology. To do so, I will use state-of-the-art approaches to quantify the anatomy (µCT scanning, 3D geometric morphometrics), the function (pressure and force measurements, 3D kinematics and biomechanical models), and the evolution of these traits in an explicit phylogenetic context.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Michael C. Granatosky, Cameron H. Tripp, Anne-Claire Fabre, Daniel Schmitt
Patterns of quadrupedal locomotion in a vertical clinging and leaping primate ( Propithecus coquereli ) with implications for understanding the functional demands of primate quadrupedal locomotion
published pages: 644-652, ISSN: 0002-9483, DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22991
American Journal of Physical Anthropology 160/4 2019-06-17
2018 Christine Böhmer, Anne-Claire Fabre, Marc Herbin, Stéphane Peigné, Anthony Herrel
Anatomical Basis of Differences in Locomotor Behavior in Martens: AComparison of the Forelimb Musculature Between Two Sympatric Species of Martes
published pages: 449-472, ISSN: 1932-8486, DOI: 10.1002/ar.23742
The Anatomical Record 301/3 2019-06-17
2018 Aurélien Lowie, Anthony Herrel, Virginia Abdala, Adriana S. Manzano, Anne-Claire Fabre
Does the Morphology of the Forelimb Flexor Muscles Differ Between Lizards Using Different Habitats?
published pages: 424-433, ISSN: 1932-8486, DOI: 10.1002/ar.23739
The Anatomical Record 301/3 2019-06-17
2017 Anne-Claire Fabre, Judit Marigó, Michael C. Granatosky, Daniel Schmitt
Functional associations between support use and forelimb shape in strepsirrhines and their relevance to inferring locomotor behavior in early primates
published pages: 11-30, ISSN: 0047-2484, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.03.012
Journal of Human Evolution 108 2019-06-17
2016 Louise Peckre, Anne-Claire Fabre, Christine E. Wall, David Brewer, Erin Ehmke, David Haring, Erin Shaw, Kay Welser, Emmanuelle Pouydebat
Holding-on: co-evolution between infant carrying and grasping behaviour in strepsirrhines
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep37729
Scientific Reports 6/1 2019-06-17

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