Morphology Division

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This Division is coordinated through the Laboratory of Primate Morphology (LPM). The LPM houses the Caribbean Primate Research Center’s Skeletal Collection. Because rhesus and humans share an estimated 93% of their DNA, the CPRC Skeletal Collection provides rich insight into human growth, development, and naturally occurring pathologies. The shorter life span of the rhesus monkey, compared to humans, the appearance of skeletal pathologies similar to those observed in humans, and the known maternal pedigrees of many of the specimens makes the collection an important resource for scientific investigation.