Topography, structure and function of the patella and the patelloid in marsupials.

@article{Reese2001TopographySA,
  title={Topography, structure and function of the patella and the patelloid in marsupials.},
  author={S. Reese and U R Pfuderer and Hermann H. Bragulla and Kim Loeffler and K D Budras},
  journal={Anatomia, histologia, embryologia},
  year={2001},
  volume={30 5},
  pages={289-94}
}
The patella is a sesamoid bone that is found in most mammals and is regularly located in the insertion tendon of the quadriceps femoris muscle. Up to now, only a little has been known about the topography, structure and function of the patella in marsupials. Therefore the stifles of 61 marsupials of 30 different species were studied by radiography, necropsy and light microscopy. It was found that only the family of bandicoots (Peramelidae) possessed a typical patella. The other species revealed… CONTINUE READING

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