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.
About the Author
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.
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.
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.