Chapter

Analysis of Growth Rates

Lee Andrew H., Huttenlocker Adam K., Padian Kevin and Woodward Holly N.

in Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780520273528
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520955110 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520273528.003.0008
Analysis of Growth Rates

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This chapter discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various types of growth measurements including mass, length, time, and osteohistological texture. It explains the intensity of measurement, and how sampling intensity can limit the types of questions addressed by growth data but can also clarify longstanding misconceptions such as “indeterminate” growth. The chapter reviews the mathematical description of growth data using models, as well as how a single model is selected from a set of plausible models, and provides examples using growth models and bone histology to show that analyses of relative growth can be equally informative as analyses of absolute growth. It concludes with recommendations for the standardization of paleobiological growth analyses.

Keywords: growth measurements; sampling intensity; growth data; bone histology; paleobiological growth analyses

Chapter.  14447 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palaeontology

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