A clarification of Pouydebat et al., 2008, evolution of grasping among anthropoids

J Evol Biol. 2009 Dec;22(12):2554-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01856.x. Epub 2009 Oct 29.


Several statements by Pouydebat et al. (2008) do not adequately represent views of authors cited, in part because they reflect confusion in the literature about terminology regarding precision gripping. We address these problems, by tracing definitions of precision grips through the literature on manipulative behaviour and identifying the grip that is central to the Pouydebat et al. (2008) study. This allows us to offer a clarification of the statements by Pouydebat et al. (2008) regarding the sequence of appearance of human grip capabilities and possible morphological correlates to these capabilities in extant species.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Hand / anatomy & histology*
  • Hand / physiology*
  • Hand Strength / physiology*
  • Haplorhini / anatomy & histology*
  • Haplorhini / genetics*
  • Haplorhini / physiology