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

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Kevin Padian, Ellen-Thérèse Lamm
University of California Press, Mar 19, 2013 - Science - 285 pages
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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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Contents

The Biology of Bone
13
Selection of Specimens
35
Preparation and Sectioning of Specimens
55
Image Standardization in Paleohistology
161
Database Standardization
177
Skeletochronology
195
Analysis of Growth Rates
217
contents
253
Research Applications and Integration
265
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Kevin Padian is Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and Curator at the UC Museum of Paleontology. Ellen-Therese Lamm is Histology Laboratory Manager at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.

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