Bone histology of the ichthyosaurs: comparative data and functional interpretation

  title={Bone histology of the ichthyosaurs: comparative data and functional interpretation},
  author={Vivian de Buffr{\'e}nil and Jean‐Michel Mazin},
  pages={435 - 447}
The periosteal cortex in the shaft of limb bones is described histologically in three ichthyosaurian genera, Omphalosaurus, Stenopterygius, and Ichthyosaurus. The primary periosteal deposits are composed of typical woven-fibered tissue that was accreted as spongy bone in young individuals, and more or less compact bone in older individuals. During growth, the bone tissue was extensively remodeled with a quantitative imbalance between resorption and redeposition. As a result, the cortex was made… 

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