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On the scaling of mammalian long bones. J Exp Biol 2004 Apr;207(Pt 9):1577-84

Date

03/24/2004

Pubmed ID

15037651

DOI

10.1242/jeb.00890

Abstract

Although there is much data available on mammalian long-bone allometry, a theory explaining these data is still lacking. We show that bending and axial compression are the relevant loading modes and elucidate why the elastic similarity model failed to explain the experimental data. Our analysis provides scaling relations connecting bone diameter and length to the axial and transverse components of the force, in good agreement with experimental data. The model also accounts for other important features of long-bone allometry.

Author List

Garcia GJ, da Silva JK

Author

Guilherme Garcia PhD Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Animals
Biomechanical Phenomena
Bone and Bones
Extremities
Mammals
Models, Biological
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