Sagittal Clefting of the Fifth Lumbar Vertebra of a Young Adult Female from Apollonia Pontica, Bulgaria
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 234–237, March/April 2015
How to Cite
2015), Sagittal Clefting of the Fifth Lumbar Vertebra of a Young Adult Female from Apollonia Pontica, Bulgaria. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 25: 234–237. doi: 10.1002/oa.2268.(
- Issue published online: 5 APR 2015
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 4 AUG 2012 01:50AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 23 MAY 2012
- Apollonia Pontica;
- butterfly vertebra;
- sagittal cleft vertebra
A rare congenital anomaly in the form of sagittal clefting of the fifth lumbar vertebra was observed in the skeleton of a young adult female excavated from the Greek colonial site of Apollonia Pontica (5th to 3rd centuries BC) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. No compensatory changes had occurred to the adjacent vertebrae, and no other skeletal anomalies or pathological conditions were observed in the skeleton. This anomaly, the first of its kind documented in ancient Greek remains, was likely asymptomatic and of no clinical significance. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.