Vertebrate palaeohistology: Past and future

Armand de RICQLÈS

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 10 (5-6) - Pages 509-515

Published on 30 September 2011

This article is a part of the thematic issue Perspectives on vertebrate evolution: Topics and problems

Vertebrate palaeohistology has been considered for a long time as a modest subdivision of Palaeontology. Starting in the 1930s and 1940s, comparative bone tissue histology and palaeohistology progressively demonstrated the multiple correlations between bone tissue distribution and numerous biological variables, such as ontogenetic origin, growth, size, shape, biomechanics, physiology, and ecology. During the last three decades, Palaeohistology has focussed on deciphering the numerous, complex causes explaining the patterns and processes of Vertebrate evolution. Palaeohistology is a powerful tool, in connection with Biology, for the reconstruction of fossil Vertebrates as living organisms.


Palaeohistology, Palaeobiology, Biology, Fossil vertebrates, Extant organisms

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