Osteohistological Evidence for Determinate Growth in the American Alligator

  title={Osteohistological Evidence for Determinate Growth in the American Alligator},
  author={Holly N Woodward and J. Horner and J. O. Farlow},
  • Holly N Woodward, J. Horner, J. O. Farlow
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • Abstract An external fundamental system (EFS) is a form of bone microstructure present in the outermost cortex of long bones in animals that have attained skeletal maturity. It indicates an effective cessation of any significant periosteal growth (i.e., growth in circumference or girth). Although an EFS has been noted in several reptile taxa, the idea that reptiles grow continually throughout their lives remains popular. Examination of femoral bone microstructure from captive American… CONTINUE READING
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