Bone Histology Fossil of Tetrapods
Advance Methods, Analysis and Interpretation
by Kevin Padian
Edition: 1st., 2013
We do not intend this book to be an exhaustive, encyclopedic treatment of all subjects related to fossil bone histology or to the biology of bone. We wanted to provide an introduction to the problems and methods of the field. Why study the bone histology of fossil tetrapods? What questions can it illuminate? How do we explain variations in the expression of bone tissue in fossil tetrapods? How do you decide when sectioning a fossil bone might be a good idea? How do you select the best candidate bones? How do you prepare them for sectioning, and how do you make the sections and slides? How do you ensure the best quality photographs? How do you scale and archive your images? What data should accompany them? How do you know if your observations are showing some really important new
Because many of these questions are interrelated, and because many studies have bearing on more than one aspect of these questions, readers will note that there is some overlap in coverage from one chapter to another. We felt that it would be preferable to remind readers of connections to other subjects within the book than to leave them wondering sometimes about what those connections might be.
The dissemination of information is changing very quickly these days. We wanted our efforts to be as comprehensively available as possible. A traditional book is one manifestation of this, and we hope that it will be useful to many colleagues.
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