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Vertebrate Skeletal Histology and Paleohistology

By: Vivian de Buffrénil(Editor), Armand J de Ricqlès(Editor), Louise Zylberberg(Editor), Kevin Padian(Editor)
838 pages, 334 colour & 68 b/w Illustrations
Publisher: CRC Press
Vertebrate Skeletal Histology and Paleohistology
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  • Vertebrate Skeletal Histology and Paleohistology ISBN: 9780815392880 Hardback Jun 2021 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1 week
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Vertebrate Skeletal Histology and Paleohistology summarizes decades of research into the biology and biological meaning of hard tissues, in both living and extinct vertebrates. In addition to outlining anatomical diversity, it provides fundamental phylogenetic and evolutionary contexts for interpretation. An international team of leading authorities review the impact of ontogeny, mechanics, and environment in relation to bone and dental tissues. Synthesizing current advances in the biological problems of growth, metabolism, evolution, ecology, and behaviour, this comprehensive and authoritative volume is built upon a foundation of concepts and technology generated over the past fifty years.



1. Paleohistology: An Historical – Bibliographical Introduction / Armand J. de Ricqlès

2. An Overview of the Embryonic Development of the Bony Skeleton / Vivian de Buffrénil and Alexandra Quilhac
3. The Vertebrate Skeleton: A Brief Introduction / Michel Laurin, Alexandra Quilhac and Vivian de Buffrénil
Methodological Focus A: The New Scalpel: Basic Aspects of CT-Scan Imaging / Damien Germain and Sandrine Ladevèze
4. Microanatomical Features of Bones and Their Basic Measurement / Vivian de Buffrénil, Eli Amson, Alexandra Quilhac, Dennis Voeten and Michel Laurin
Methodological Focus B: Basic Aspects of 3D Histomorphometry / Eli Amson and Damien Germain
5. Bone Cells and Organic Matrix / Louise Zylberberg
6. Current Concepts of the Mineralization of Type I Collagen in Vertebrate Tissues / William J. Landis, Tengteng Tang and Robin DiFeo Childs
7. An Overview of Cartilage Histology / Alexandra Quilhac
Methodological Focus C: Virtual (Paleo-)Histology Through Synchrotron Imaging / Sophie Sanchez, Dennis F. A. E. Voeten, Damien Germain and Vincent Fernandez
8. Bone Tissue Types: A Brief Account of Currently Used Categories / Vivian de Buffrénil and Alexandra Quilhac
Methodological Focus D: FIB-SEM Dual-Beam Microscopy for Three-Dimensional Ultrastructural Imaging of Skeletal Tissues / Natalie Reznikov and Katya Rechav

9. Basic Processes in Bone Growth / Vivian de Buffrénil and Alexandra Quilhac
10. Accretion Rate and Histological Features of Bone / Vivian de Buffrénil, Alexandra Quilhac and Jorge Cubo
11. Bone Remodeling / Vivian de Buffrénil and Alexandra Quilhac
12. Remarks on Metaplastic Processes in the Skeleton / Vivian de Buffrénil and Louise Zylberberg

13. Histology of Dental Hard Tissues / Alan Boyde and Timothy G. Bromage

14. Introduction / Michel Laurin
15. Finned Vertebrates / Jorge Mondéjar-Fernández and Philippe Janvier
16. Early Tetrapodomorphs / Sophie Sanchez, François Clarac, Michel Laurin and Armand de Ricqlès
17. Lissamphibia / Vivian de Buffrénil and Michel Laurin
18. Early Amniotes and Their Close Relatives / Aurore Canoville, Michel Laurin and Armand de Ricqlès
19. Testudines / Torsten M. Scheyer and Ignacio A. Cerda
20. Lepidosauria / Vivian de Buffrénil and Alexandra Houssaye
21. Sauropterygia: Placodontia / Torsten M. Scheyer and Nicole Klein
22. Sauropterygia: Nothosauria and Pachypleurosauria / Torsten M. Scheyer, Alexandra Houssaye and Nicole Klein
23. Sauropterygia: Histology of Plesiosauria / P. Martin Sander and Tanja Wintrich
24. Ichthyosauria / P. Martin Sander
25. Archosauromorpha: From Early Diapsids to Archosaurs / Armand de Ricqlès, Vivian de Buffrénil and Michel Laurin
26. Archosauromorpha: The Crocodylomorpha / Vivian de Buffrénil, Michel Laurin and Stéphane Jouve
27. Archosauromorpha: Avemetatarsalia – Dinosaurs and Their Relatives / Kevin Padian and Holly N. Woodward
28. Nonmammalian Synapsids / Jennifer Botha and Adam Huttenlocker
29. Diversity of Bone Microstructure in Mammals / Vivian de Buffrénil, Christian de Muizon, Maïténa Dumont, Michel Laurin and Olivier Lambert

30. Phylogenetic Signal in Bone Histology / Jorge Cubo, Lucas J. Legendre and Michel Laurin
31. Cyclical Growth and Skeletochronology / Vivian de Buffrénil, Alexandra Quilhac and Jacques Castanet
32. Aging and Senescence Processes in the Skeleton / Catherine Bergot and Vivian de Buffrénil
33. Basic Principles and Methodologies in Measuring Bone Biomechanics / Russell P. Main
34. Interpreting Mechanical Function in Extant and Fossil Long Bones / Russell P. Main, Erin L.R. Simons and Andrew H. Lee
35. Bone Microanatomy and Lifestyle in Tetrapods / Aurore Canoville, Vivian de Buffrénil and Michel Laurin
36. Bone Histology and the Adaptation to Aquatic Life in Tetrapods / Alexandra Houssaye and Vivian de Buffrénil
37. Bone Histology and Thermal Physiology / Jorge Cubo, Adam Huttenlocker, Lucas J. Legendre, Chloé Olivier and Armand de Ricqlès
38. Bone Ornamentation: Deciphering the Functional Meaning of an Enigmatic Feature / François Clarac
39. The Histology of Skeletal Tissues as a Tool in Paleoanthropological and Archaeological Investigations / Ariane Burke and Michelle S. M. Drapeau
40. A Methodological Renaissance to Advance Perennial Issues in Vertebrate Paleohistology / Alexandra Houssaye, Donald Davesne and Aurore Canoville

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Vivian de Buffrénil received a double university degree: history, through a master’s degree, specialized in the history of sciences (Paris 1972), and biology, through a PhD (Paris, 1980) as well as a “thèe d’éat” (Paris 1990). His professional career began in 1982 as a “maîre de conferences” at the Musém National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, where he remained until 1986. Since the beginning, Buffréil’s research activity has been related to comparative bone histology and palaeohistology in extant and extinct mammals, reptiles and amphibians. About one hundred scientific articles were published on this subject. In parallel, Buffrénil took an active part in international programs led by CITES and FAO (two UN institutions) on the conservation of exploited reptiles, especially African monitor lizards and crocodiles and produced many expert reports.

Armand de Ricqlès got his university degrees in Paris with a double concenration in biology and earth sciences. He started his career at the Sciences Faculty of the University of Paris (1961-70) in comparative anatomy and histology, then at the University of Paris VII Denis Diderot (1970-95) where he defended his doctoral thesis in Paleohistology (1973) and got a full professorship in Evolutionary Biology (1983). There he developed a research team, "formations squeletiques," that became famous in developing the comparative histology of bone. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1995 he was elected Professor at the prestigious Collège de France (Paris) as the Chair of "Historical Biology and Evolutionism" until 2010. During his career, his interests in research and teaching, as well as popularization of science, have covered the fields of zoology, ecology, vertebrate palaeontology, comparative anatomy and histology, phylogenetic systematics and, especially, the palaeohistology of tetrapod vertebrates, a research field that he has largely expanded and introduced in several countries. Still currently active in this field, he has published several hundred papers in scientific research and popularization.

Louise Zylberberg received her university degrees at Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique with a double curriculum in biology and biochemistry. She defended her doctoral thesis in histology there in 1968. Her career began as a researcher at the CNRS (1961) and she continued as “directrice de recherche” (1977) until her retirement (2001). She is still active as “emeritus directrice de recherche”. Her research has focused on comparisons of the results obtained with conventional histology and more specialized ultrastructural techniques. Since joining the “Formations squelettiques” team in 1980, she has applied these techniques to the study of mineralized tissues of the skeleton of extant and extinct species including reptiles, amphibians and “fishes”. She is also familiar with immunological techniques and comparative histological and cytological analyses which have revealed the wide variety of skeletal tissues and possible relationships between these various tissues during development and during evolution. She has published about two hundred articles.

Kevin Padian is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Curator at the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or co-author of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and editor/co-editor of nearly a dozen books.

By: Vivian de Buffrénil(Editor), Armand J de Ricqlès(Editor), Louise Zylberberg(Editor), Kevin Padian(Editor)
838 pages, 334 colour & 68 b/w Illustrations
Publisher: CRC Press
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