Gelada Baboon Skull Replica


Geladas are the only primates that are primarily graminivores and grazers – grass blades make up to 90% of their diet. They eat both the blades and the seeds of grasses.


Gelada Baboon Skull Replica measures 7.3 inches or 19cm. The Gelada Baboon Skull Replica is Museum quality Polyurethane cast made in USA. Skull is Male. 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 décor skull or office décor 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.

The Gelada Baboon or Theropithecus gelada is large and robust baboon. 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 baboon 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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Additional information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 7.3 in
Gelada Baboon Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Theropithecus
Species: T. gelada
Binomial name: Theropithecus gelada
Conservation status: Least concern – A least concern species is a species that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as evaluated as not being a focus of species conservation.