Fatigue damage, remodeling, and the minimization of skeletal weight.

@article{Martin2003FatigueDR,
  title={Fatigue damage, remodeling, and the minimization of skeletal weight.},
  author={R. Bruce Martin},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={2003},
  volume={220 2},
  pages={271-6}
}
The skeleton has provided many advantages during the course of vertebrate evolution, but it has also contained limitations that have strongly influenced bone biology. These limitations have included weight and the potential for fatigue failure. Calcified bone tissue is approximately twice as heavy as other tissues, so it is important to minimize the size of the skeleton, but this implies increasing bone stresses and strains and the potential for fatigue fracture. This paper first explores the… CONTINUE READING

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