*Invermay Agricultural Research Centre, Private Bag, Mosgiel, New Zealand.
Jaw length and hind foot length as measures of skeletal development of Red deer (Cervus elaphus)
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 200, Issue 3, pages 431–434, July 1983
How to Cite
Suttie, J. M. and Mitchell, B. (1983), Jaw length and hind foot length as measures of skeletal development of Red deer (Cervus elaphus). Journal of Zoology, 200: 431–434. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1983.tb02321.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 14 December 1982
Jaw length and hind foot length are compared, as indicators of skeletal development, using data from Red deer in three different populations. It is concluded that jaw length gives the best index of skeletal growth throughout the whole lifespan of Red deer, but it can only be measured reliably post mortem. Although the foot stops growing before some other parts of the skeleton, hind foot length is especially convenient for studies on young live deer.