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Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Advancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation

Kevin Padian & Ellen-Thérèse Lamm

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Type: Books

Vendor: University of California Press

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Language: English

Idioma: Inglés

Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 0.9 in

Dimensiones: 24.1 x 16.0 x 2.3 cm


The microscopic examination of fossilized bone tissue is a sophisticated and increasingly important analytical tool for understanding the life history of ancient organisms. This book provides an essential primer and manual for using fossil bone histology to investigate the biology of extinct tetrapods. Twelve experts summarize advances in the field over the past three decades, reviewing fundamental basics of bone microanatomy and physiology. Research specimen selection, thin-section preparation, and data analysis are addressed in detail. The authors also outline methods and issues in bone growth rate calculation and chronological age determination, as well as how to examine broader questions of behavior, ecology, and evolution by studying the microstructure of bone.


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