The structure and function of normally mineralizing avian tendons.

  title={The structure and function of normally mineralizing avian tendons.},
  author={William J. Landis and F H Silver},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  volume={133 4},
The leg tendons of certain avian species normally calcify. The gastrocnemius, or Achilles, tendon of the domestic turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is one such example. Its structure and biomechanical properties have been studied to model the adaptive nature of this tendon to external forces, including the means by which mineral deposition occurs and the functional role mineralization may play in this tissue. Structurally, the distal rounded, thick gastrocnemius bifurcates into two smaller proximal… CONTINUE READING


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