Primate cortical bone microstructure

Relationship to locomotion

M. B. Schaffler, David Burr

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Abstract

Mechanical factors are implicated in the control of osteonal (Haversian) remodeling. Twenty primate species, representing a diverse range of locomotor behaviors, have been examined to determine whether the arrangement of secondary osteonal bone at femoral mid-diaphysis reflects behaviorally related biomechanical influences. The proportion of bone cortex occupied by secondary osteons (percent osteonal bone) is related to the biomechanical environment of these femora. Percent osteonal bone delineates groups which correspond to other skeletal and kinesiological categorizations of primate locomotion and distinguishes among arboreal quadrupedal, terrestrial quadrupedal, suspensory, and bipedal primates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-197
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume65
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Locomotion
Primates
microstructure
locomotion
bones
Bone and Bones
Group
Haversian System
Diaphyses
thighs
Thigh
femur
Femur
cortex
Cortical Bone

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Primate cortical bone microstructure : Relationship to locomotion. / Schaffler, M. B.; Burr, David.

In: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Vol. 65, No. 2, 1984, p. 191-197.

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Schaffler, M. B. ; Burr, David. / Primate cortical bone microstructure : Relationship to locomotion. In: American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 1984 ; Vol. 65, No. 2. pp. 191-197.
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