Subcutaneous Fat

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Human Uniqueness Compared to "Great Apes": 
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One anatomical difference between humans and chimpanzees is the human subcutaneous layer of fat, which is apparently lacking in other primates (Wood-Jones F., 1929 Man's place among the mammals Edward Arnold, London, p. 309). Is there an original article with more details/quantitation of this?

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  1. Body composition in Pan paniscus compared with Homo sapiens has implications for changes during human evolution., Zihlman, Adrienne L., and Bolter Debra R. , Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2015 Jun 16, Volume 112, Issue 24, p.7466-71, (2015)