Differential scaling of the long bones in the terrestrial carnivora and other mammals.

@article{Bertram1990DifferentialSO,
  title={Differential scaling of the long bones in the terrestrial carnivora and other mammals.},
  author={John E. A. Bertram and Andrew A. Biewener},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  year={1990},
  volume={204 2},
  pages={157-69}
}
We measured the lengths and diameters of four long bones from 118 terrestrial carnivoran species using museum specimens. Though intrafamilial regressions scaled linearly, nearly all intraordinal regressions scaled non-linearly. The observed non-linear scaling of bone dimensions within this order results from a systematic decrease in intrafamilial allometric slope with increasing body size. A change in limb posture (more upright in larger species) to maintain similar peak bone stresses may allow… CONTINUE READING

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