Researchers at the CNPRR have observed a reduction in the reproductive success of female squirrel monkeys of Bolivian origin (Saimiri boliviensis boliviensis) due to nonviable termination of their pregnancies. Difficulties with pregnancy, including dystopias and stillborn infants, seem to be a result of an extremely large fetal to mother weight ratio. This factor has led to studies of the pelvic size and shape in the Bolivian origin female squirrel monkeys. Aksel and Able (1983) devised a pelvimetry method for evaluating the bony structures of the pelvis in order to predict perinatal outcome. This thesis will apply the pelvimetry methods of Aksel and Abb (1983) in order to understand the age related changes in the pelvis and to predict perinatal outcome in captive born female squirrel monkeys of Bolivian origin.
Freeman, Lucinda, "Squirrel Monkey Pelvic Morphology and Difficult Pregnancies: It's Not All in the Hips" (2005). Anthropology Undergraduate Senior Theses. 11.