Scientifically rigorous reptile and amphibian osseous pathology: Lessons for forensic herpetology from comparative and paleo-pathology

Title

Scientifically rigorous reptile and amphibian osseous pathology: Lessons for forensic herpetology from comparative and paleo-pathology

Creator

Rothschild B

Publisher

Applied Herpetology

Date

2009
2009

Description

As the study of bone disease in recent and fossil amphibians and reptiles has evolved from observational speculation to analysis of testable hypotheses, so too has recognition of its contribution to our understanding of diseases and organisms. Given the development of a 'library' of macroscopic osseous manifestations of a variety of diseases, the power of such examination of skeletons for identification of the etiology of pathology has greatly reduced the need for destructive analysis. High frequency of malformations in amphibians, or of spondyloarthropathy in reptiles should stimulate evaluation for environmental causal factors. Notation of previously unrecognized/undescribed pathology affords unique opportunities. Scientific approach, validated database and phylogeny-independent pathology recognition form the basis for this review of the current knowledge of contemporary and extinct amphibian and reptile osseous pathology. This provides baseline data for forensic herpetologists and others attempting to identify and interpret osseous lesions, disease and trauma in a forensic context. (c) Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009

Subject

ankylosing spondylitis; arthritis; avascular necrosis; congenital; Decompression syndrome; deformities; environment; erosive arthritis; frog; idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis; infection; Pathology; rheumatoid-arthritis; spondyloarthropathy; stress fractures; turtles dermochelys-coriacea; Zoology

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

47-79

Issue

1

Volume

6

Citation

Rothschild B, “Scientifically rigorous reptile and amphibian osseous pathology: Lessons for forensic herpetology from comparative and paleo-pathology,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed May 12, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6956.

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