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Vol 72, No 3 (2013)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2013-09-05
Submitted: 2013-01-15
Accepted: 2013-02-25
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Histomorphometric, fractal and lacunarity comparative analysis of sheep (Ovis aries), goat (Capra hircus) and roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) compact bone samples

A. I. Gudea, A. C. Ștefan
DOI: 10.5603/FM.2013.0039
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Folia Morphol 2013;72(3):239-248.

open access

Vol 72, No 3 (2013)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2013-09-05
Submitted: 2013-01-15
Accepted: 2013-02-25

Abstract

Quantitative and qualitative studies dealing with histomorphometry of the bonetissue play a new role in modern legal medicine/forensic medicine and archaeozoologynowadays. This study deals with the differences found in case of humerusand metapodial bones of recent sheep (Ovis aries), goat (Capra hircus) and roedeer (Capreolus capreolus) specimens, both from a qualitative point of view, butmainly from a quantitative perspective. A novel perspective given by the fractalanalysis performed on the digital histological images is approached. This studyshows that the qualitative assessment may not be a reliable one due to theclose resemblance of the structures. From the quantitative perspective (severalmeasurements performed on osteonal units and statistical processing of data),some of the elements measured show significant differences among 3 species(the primary osteonal diameter, etc.). The fractal analysis and the lacunarity ofthe images show a great deal of potential, proving that this type of analysis canbe of great help in the separation of the material from this perspective.

Abstract

Quantitative and qualitative studies dealing with histomorphometry of the bonetissue play a new role in modern legal medicine/forensic medicine and archaeozoologynowadays. This study deals with the differences found in case of humerusand metapodial bones of recent sheep (Ovis aries), goat (Capra hircus) and roedeer (Capreolus capreolus) specimens, both from a qualitative point of view, butmainly from a quantitative perspective. A novel perspective given by the fractalanalysis performed on the digital histological images is approached. This studyshows that the qualitative assessment may not be a reliable one due to theclose resemblance of the structures. From the quantitative perspective (severalmeasurements performed on osteonal units and statistical processing of data),some of the elements measured show significant differences among 3 species(the primary osteonal diameter, etc.). The fractal analysis and the lacunarity ofthe images show a great deal of potential, proving that this type of analysis canbe of great help in the separation of the material from this perspective.

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Keywords

microscopic structure of bone, lacunarity, fractals, legal medicine, archaeozoology

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Title

Histomorphometric, fractal and lacunarity comparative analysis of sheep (Ovis aries), goat (Capra hircus) and roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) compact bone samples

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 72, No 3 (2013)

Pages

239-248

Published online

2013-09-05

DOI

10.5603/FM.2013.0039

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2013;72(3):239-248.

Keywords

microscopic structure of bone
lacunarity
fractals
legal medicine
archaeozoology

Authors

A. I. Gudea
A. C. Ștefan

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