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Cortical bone mapping: An application to hand and foot bones in hominoids

Tsegai, ZJ and Stephens, NB and Treece, GM and Skinner, MM and Kivell, TL and Gee, AH (2017) Cortical bone mapping: An application to hand and foot bones in hominoids. Comptes Rendus - Palevol, 16. pp. 690-701. ISSN 1631-0683

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Abstract

© 2016 Académie des sciences Bone form reflects both the genetic profile and behavioural history of an individual. As cortical bone is able to remodel in response to mechanical stimuli, interspecific differences in cortical bone thickness may relate to loading during locomotion or manual behaviours during object manipulation. Here, we test the application of a novel method of cortical bone mapping to the third metacarpal (Mc3) and talus of Pan, Pongo, and Homo. This method of analysis allows measurement of cortical thickness throughout the bone, and as such is applicable to elements with complex morphology. In addition, it allows for registration of each specimen to a canonical surface, and identifies regions where cortical thickness differs significantly between groups. Cortical bone mapping has potential for application to palaeoanthropological studies; however, due to the complexity of correctly registering homologous regions across varied morphology, further methodological development would be advantageous.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div F > Machine Intelligence
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:08
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 02:25
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