hair length as a character

John Grehan jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Tue Jan 11 08:46:04 CST 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Taxacom Discussion List [mailto:TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU] On
> Behalf Of Curtis Clark
> The fact that head hair, body hair, and axillary hair of humans differ
> anatomically, both in the shaft and in the follicle? And that it would
> be nice to know whether the same is true of orangutans?

And primates in general. Like most 'obvious' features its hard to get
comparative information. I'll file that one away for future inquiry.

On Don Colless' observations about alternative common names for
orangutan I have no definitive view. Van Schaik notes that orangutan is
rarely used by local people inside the natural range. 'Mawas' is most
common in Summatra while 'maias' and 'kahiyu' are included among what he
describes as "an extraordinary variety of names."

John Grehan 

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