Who's afraid of the big bad Wolff?: "Wolff's law" and bone functional adaptation.

@article{Ruff2006WhosAO,
  title={Who's afraid of the big bad Wolff?: "Wolff's law" and bone functional adaptation.},
  author={Christopher B Ruff and Brigitte Holt and Erik Trinkaus},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={2006},
  volume={129 4},
  pages={
          484-98
        }
}
"Wolff's law" is a concept that has sometimes been misrepresented, and frequently misunderstood, in the anthropological literature. Although it was originally formulated in a strict mathematical sense that has since been discredited, the more general concept of "bone functional adaptation" to mechanical loading (a designation that should probably replace "Wolff's law") is supported by much experimental and observational data. Objections raised to earlier studies of bone functional adaptation… CONTINUE READING
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