1st Edition

Vertebrate Skeletal Histology and Paleohistology

ISBN 9780815392880
Published June 25, 2021 by CRC Press
838 Pages 334 Color & 68 B/W Illustrations

USD $260.00

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Book Description

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 behavior, this comprehensive and authoritative volume is built upon a foundation of concepts and technology generated over the past fifty years.

Table of Contents




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 paleohistology 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.

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 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.

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 paleontology, comparative anatomy and histology, phylogenetic systematics and, especially, the paleohistology 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.