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Island rule and bone metabolism in fossil murines from Timor

Miszkiewicz, Justyna; Louys, Julien; Beck, Robin; Mahoney, Patrick; Aplin, Ken; O'Connor, Susan


Skeletal growth rates reconstructed from bone histology in extinct insular hippopotamids, elephants, bovids and sauropods have been used to infer dwarfism as a response to island conditions. Limited published records of osteocyte lacunae densities (Ot.Dn), a proxy for living osteocyte proliferation, have suggested a slower rate of bone metabolism in giant mammals. Here, we test whether insularity might have affected bone metabolism in a series of small to giant murine rodents from Timor. Ten...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020-01-18
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blz197


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