The largest of all primates, the Mountain Gorilla surpasses others in strength and size. Male mountain gorillas can easily grow to be six feet tall and weigh 450 pounds. “A specimen kept for many years in the Berlin Zoo attained the record weight of 640 pounds.” The Mountain Gorilla has a huge amount of force and size as well as a ferocious appearance. The Mountain gorilla has small ears, which are different from humans. Mountain Gorillas eyes are sunk under its large brow. The head of males has a high sagittal crest to which its powerful jaw muscles are attached.” This ridge gives additional height to the skull, but that must not be taken to indicate cranial capacity, which is indeed less than that of either orang-utans or chimpanzees. The lower is as massive as that of orang-utans and the teeth are equally strong, with particulatly large fang-;ike canines. The limbs are more human in their proportions than those of orang-utans, though the arms are still considerably longer than the legs. Upright stance and, still more, and upright carriage are almost impossible. The Gorillas stands on the outer edge of its feet and the knuckles of the hand. It has nevertheless become and almost terrestrial animal. Although the females and young climb trees, they do so cautiously, but the fully grown male has become too heavy for arboreal life.”
- Hamlyn, Paul. The Larousse Encyclopedia of Animal Life. Verona: O.G.A.M., 1967. Print
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