The pattern of bone fusion in the equine metacarpus and metatarsus
Article first published online: 7 MAY 2010
1955 The Zoological Society of London
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London
Volume 124, Issue 4, pages 809–813, February 1955
How to Cite
Mills, H. D. (1955), The pattern of bone fusion in the equine metacarpus and metatarsus. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 124: 809–813. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1955.tb07818.x
- Issue published online: 6 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 7 MAY 2010
- Received 10th December 1953
- 1The order of bony fusion in the metacarpus and metatarsus of the modern Equidae has been investigated in a series of fifty-one specimens.
- 2Osseous fusion of the metacarpals and metatarsals frequently occurs without the formation of pathological exostoses. This process, although common in domesticated horses, does not invariably occur with advancing age, and it cannot always be distinguished from the final results of “splints”.
- 3Fusion of a metacarpal precedes fusion of the corresponding metatarsal.
- 4Fusion of the second and fourth metacarpals and metatarsals generally follows a preaxial to postaxial sequence.