|Abstract:||The lack of formal comparative analyses of human growth and development has limited the usefulness of primates as models of human ontogeny. Thus the present study undertakes qualitative and metric comparisons of primate growth and development in order to identify candidates for models of human ontogeny. First, growth curves from a variety of species are presented and discussed. Second, specific elements of body mass growth curves are compared across the sample. Third, multivariate comparisons of
growth in mass across species are presented. Analogs for human male growth are more readily identifiable than analogs for human females. Several species can be identified as
candidates for models of human male growth including: Pan troglodytes, Macaca silenus, Cercocebus atys, and Cebus apella. Human female growth can be best modeled by primate species that exhibit female growth spurts. Specific analogs could include Macaca fascicularis, Cercopithecus aethiops, and Papio hamadryas papio.