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Am J Phys Anthropol. 2010 Oct;143(2):313-20. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.21352.

Brief communication: Identification of bone formation and resorption surfaces by reflected light microscopy.

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  • 1UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7193, ISTeP, F-75005, Paris, France.


Developmental and evolutionary changes in craniofacial morphology are a central issue in paleoanthropology, but the underlying bone growth processes have been scarcely studied. Relevant knowledge on bone growth dynamics can be obtained from the spatial distribution of bone formation and resorption activities. Determining these patterns from the valuable samples typically used in anthropology and palaeoanthropology necessarily implies nondestructive procedures. In this work, we present a methodology based on the analysis of high-resolution replicas by reflected light microscopy, describing how microfeatures related to bone formation and resorption activities are recognized on both recent and fossil bone surfaces. The proposed method yields highly similar images to those obtained with scanning electron microscope and has proven its utility in an analysis of a large sample of extant and extinct hominoids.

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