Calibration of life history traits with epiphyseal closure, dental eruption and bone histology in captive and wild red deer

Teresa Calderón, Daniel DeMiguel, Walter Arnold, Gabrielle Stalder, Meike Köhler

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Abstract

© 2019 Anatomical Society The study of skeletochronology and bone tissue as a record of information on ontogenetic stages and events is widely used for improving the knowledge about life histories (LHs) of extinct and extant vertebrates. Compared with dinosaurs and extant reptiles, mammalian bone histology has received little attention. Here, we calibrate for the first time bone and dental age with histological bone characteristics and LH stages in ontogenetic series of red deer. We rely on known LHs of different aged individuals of captive Cervus elaphus hippelaphus from Austria to correlate epiphyseal closure, dental eruption pattern, bone growth marks and bone tissue patterns in femora and tibiae, and of wild Cervus elaphus hispanicus from Spain. Our data show that females (of both subspecies) attain skeletal maturity earlier than males. At this moment, epiphyseal closure (in femora and tibiae) and dental eruption are complete and long bones start to deposit an external fundamental system. The results also show that the attainment of reproductive maturity in red deer occurs slightly before skeletal maturity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-216
JournalJournal of Anatomy
Volume235
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • cyclical growth marks
  • dental eruption pattern
  • epiphyseal closure
  • external fundamental system
  • growth
  • skeletal maturity

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