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

Kevin Padian and Ellen-Therese Lamm


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 grow ... More

Keywords: bone tissue, ancient organisms, bone histology, tetrapods, bone microanatomy, thin-section preparation, data analysis, bone growth, chronological age, microstructure

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273528
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273528.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Padian, editor

Ellen-Therese Lamm, editor

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2 The Biology of Bone

Adam K. Huttenlocker, Holly N. Woodward, and Brian K. Hall

3 Selection Of Specimens

Padian Kevin, Lamm Ellen-Thèrése, and Werning Sarah

5 Image Standardization in Paleohistology

Bromage Timothy G., and Werning Sarah

6 Database Standardization

Laura Wilson, and Maria de Boef Miara

7 Skeletochronology

Woodward Holly N., Padian Kevin, and Lee Andrew H.

8 Analysis of Growth Rates

Lee Andrew H., Huttenlocker Adam K., Padian Kevin, and Woodward Holly N.

10 Research Applications and Integration

Padian Kevin, Boef Miara Maria de, Larsson Hans C.E., Wilson Laura, and Bromage Timothy