Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Digitigrade

Describes a form of quadrupedal locomotion in which animals support their body mass on their phalanges with the wrist and heel bones held off the ground. Among the primates this condition is found only among some of the African cercopithecines, most notably the patas monkey (Erythrocebus).

Cf. plantigrade, palmigrade.

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