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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 40, No. 2, 2019, pp. 129-138
Bioline Code: zr19013
Full paper language: English
Document type: Report
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Zoological Research, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2019, pp. 129-138

 en Effects of age, sex and manual task on hand preference in wild Rhinopithecus roxellana check for this species in other resources
Fu, Wei-Wei; Wang, Xiao-Wei; Wang, Cheng-Liang; Zha, Hai-Tao; Ren, Yi & Li, Bao-Guo

Abstract

Golden snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana), as typical arboreal group-living Old World monkeys, provide an appropriate animal model to research manual laterality and explore the factors affecting hand preference in nonhuman primates. This study investigated hand preference based on 63 subjects and four spontaneous manual tasks (including unimanual and bimanual feeding and grooming), and assessed the effects of age, gender and type of task on handedness in R. roxellana. A population-level left-handedness was found not only in the bimanual coordinated tasks (bimanual feeding and grooming), but also in one unimanual reaching task (unimanual feeding). There were no significant differences between the sexes in either direction or strength of hand preference among any task. However, a significant difference between adults and juveniles was found in the unimanual feeding task. This is the first report on handedness in unimanual and bimanual feeding tasks that require bipedal posture in wild R. roxellana. Furthermore, this study demonstrated spontaneous feeding tasks reported previously only in the quadrupedal posture in this species, supporting the importance of factors such as posture and task complexity in the evolution of primate manual lateralization.

Keywords
Handedness; Unimanual reaching; Age; Bimanual coordination; Sex; Age

 
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