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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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Analysis of Growth Rates

Analysis of Growth Rates

Chapter:
(p.216) (p.217) 8 Analysis of Growth Rates
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Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods
Author(s):

Lee Andrew H.

Huttenlocker Adam K.

Padian Kevin

Woodward Holly N.

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273528.003.0008

This chapter discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various types of growth measurements including mass, length, time, and osteohistological texture. It explains the intensity of measurement, and how sampling intensity can limit the types of questions addressed by growth data but can also clarify longstanding misconceptions such as “indeterminate” growth. The chapter reviews the mathematical description of growth data using models, as well as how a single model is selected from a set of plausible models, and provides examples using growth models and bone histology to show that analyses of relative growth can be equally informative as analyses of absolute growth. It concludes with recommendations for the standardization of paleobiological growth analyses.

Keywords:   growth measurements, sampling intensity, growth data, bone histology, paleobiological growth analyses

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