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For millions of years, clues to the biology of disaurs lie locked within the microscopic structure of their bones. In The Microstructure of Disaur Bone, one of the world's leading experts on fossil bone microstructure synthesizes more than 150 years of research to expose the techniques employed and the meaning of disaur bone microstructure. In this first book dedicated to disaur bone microstructure, Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan begins with a general overview of living bone structure and composition, and then explains how bone structure changes upon death and fossilization. She meticulously unravels how it is that the microscopic structure of fossil bone remains intact after millions of years of fossilization. She also provides a photographic atlas of the kinds of bone tissues found in disaurs and expounds on their biological significance. The final chapters offers insight into growth patterns of disaurs and the biology of Mesozoic birds, and the book concludes with a reflective discussion on what bone microstructure can and cant disclose about disaur physiology. Drawing from sources across the field of bone histology, Chinsamy-Turan paints a holistic view of the current state of the science and presents a fresh perspective on the relevance of the field to understanding the Disauria.
Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a professor of zoology and a fellow of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is president of South African Women in Science and Engineering and the former director of the Natural History Collections Division of Iziko Museums of Cape Town. She was named as South Africa's Woman Scientist of the Year for 2005.