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Gelada Baboon Skull Replica measures 7.3 inches or 19cm. The Gelada Baboon Skull Replica is Museum quality Polyurethane cast made in USA. California Academy of Sciences Specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull or office decor skull.
Theropithecus gelada is the scientific name. Sometimes called the Bleeding-heart monkey. Sub-adult. Grazers of the mountains of central Ethiopia. Rocky gorges and precipes.
Gelada Baboon or Theropithecus gelada, sometimes called the Bleeding-Heart Baboon, is a species of Old World Monkey found only in the Ethiopian Highlands, with large populations in the Semien Mountains.
The Gelada Baboon or Theropithecus gelada is large and robust. It is covered with buff to dark brown, coarse hair and has a dark face with pale eyelids. Its arms and feet are nearly black. Its short tail ends in a tuft of hair. Adult males have a long, heavy cape of hair on their backs.
Theropithecus gelada has a hairless face with a short muzzle that looks more similar to a chimpanzee’s than a baboon’s. It can also be physically distinguished from a baboon by the bright patch of skin on its chest. This patch is hourglass-shaped. On males, it is bright red and surrounded by white hair; on females, it is far less pronounced.
However, when in estrus, the female’s patch will brighten, and a “necklace” of fluid-filled blisters forms on the patch. This is thought to be analogous to the swollen buttocks common to most baboons experiencing estrus.
Theropithecus gelada has several adaptations for its terrestrial and graminivorous (grass-eating) lifestyle. It has small, sturdy fingers adapted for pulling grass and narrow, small incisors adapted for chewing it. The gelada has a unique gait, known as the shuffle gait, that it uses when feeding. It squats bipedally and moves by sliding its feet without changing its posture.
Gelada Baboon or Theropithecus gelada use a diverse repertoire of vocalizations for various purposes, such as: contact, reassurance, appeasement, solicitation, ambivalence, aggression and defense. The level of complexity of these vocalizations is thought to near that of humans.
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