Data from: A test for paedomorphism in domestic pig cranial morphology

  • Allowen Evin (Creator)
  • Joseph Thomas David Owen (Creator)
  • Greger Larson (Creator)
  • Mélanie Debiais-Thibaud (Creator)
  • Thomas Cucchi (Creator)
  • Una Strand Vidarsdottir (Creator)
  • Keith Dobney (Creator)
  • Kate Britton (Data Manager)



Domestic animals are often described as paedomorphic, meaning that they retain juvenile characteristics into adulthood. Through a three-dimensional landmark-based geometric morphometric analysis of cranial morphology at three growth stages, we demonstrate that wild boar (n = 138) and domestic pigs (n = 106) (Sus scrofa) follow distinct ontogenetic trajectories. With the exception of the size ratio between facial and neurocranial regions, paedomorphism does not appear to be the primary pattern describing the observed differences between wild and domestic pig cranial morphologies. The cranial phenotype of domestic pigs instead involves developmental innovation during domestication. This result questions the long-standing assumption that domestic animal phenotypes are paedomorphic forms of their wild counterparts.


Data type

All data used in the article: List of the specimens used in the study with reference to the museum collection, specimen ID, wild or domestic status, country of origin or breed, group of age and raw 3D coordinates

Copyright and Open Data Licencing

This work is licensed under a CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication license.
Date made available14 Jul 2017
PublisherDryad Digital Repository


  • heterochrony
  • Paedomorphism
  • Sus scrofa

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