This paper is based upon material presented and accepted as a Thesis for the degree of Master of Science, Department of Anatomy, University of Kentucky.
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2005
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American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 319–329, May 1967
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Ruangwit, U. (1967), The split-line phenomenon and the microscopic structure of bone. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 26: 319–329. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.1330260307
The author wishes to acknowledge the support afforded by the office of International Health, Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
- Issue published online: 7 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2005
This investigation was undertaken to study the relation of split-lines to the microscopic structure of cortical bone by means of microradiography and conventional histologic staining techniques.
The results indicate that the feature of bone structure that determines the production and orientation of split-lines is the disposition of collagenous fibers, whether the bone organization is Haversian (osteone-containing) or not.
Differences of opinion in the literature concerning the “causation” of split-lines appear to stem from a failure to distinguish between the morphologic and functional aspects of the problem.