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Bones and Teeth under the Microscope

Marcelo Sánchez

in Embryos in Deep Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271937
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520952300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520271937.003.0004
Bones and Teeth under the Microscope

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The most important piece of equipment for most paleontologists, besides the hammer, is the microscope. The microscope enables the study of the tissue microstructure of fossils, in particular the bone, which has become an important matter of investigation concerning development in extinct taxa. This chapter discusses studies of fossil bone sections; dinosaur growth patterns and the origin of birds; the bones of the moas; bone development and locomotion in extinct species and in Galápagos iguanas; bones, cells, and genes; and the nature of teeth.

Keywords: fossils; dinosaur growth; birds; moas; bone development; iguanas; extinct species; teeth

Chapter.  6556 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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