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Bone Histology of Fossil TetrapodsAdvancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation$
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Kevin Padian and Ellen-Therese Lamm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273528

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273528.001.0001

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(p.195) 7 Skeletochronology
Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods

Woodward Holly N.

Padian Kevin

Lee Andrew H.

University of California Press

The bones in a skeleton grow at different rates. A single bone changes its growth rate through time, and even parts of the same bone grow at different rates over an individual’s lifetime. Nonetheless, animals have a single growth trajectory and this chapter discusses how to estimate the age of the body as a whole. It discusses the marks of growth; influences on cyclical growth marks; calculating and retrocalculating skeletal age; and using information from humans and other mammals to reconstruct dinosaur ages.

Keywords:   bones, skeletons, growth trajectory, growth marks, skeletal age, dinosaur ages

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