Contributions to Zoology, 84 (1) – 2015

Long bone histology and microanatomy of Placodontia (Diapsida: Sauropterygia)

Nicole Klein1, Alexandra Houssaye2, James M. Neenan3, Torsten M. Scheyer4

1.  Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, Rosenstein 1, 70191 Stuttgart. Email: nicole.klein@smns-bw.de

2.  UMR 7179 CNRS/Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Département Ecologie et Gestion de la Biodiversité, 57 rue Cuvier CP-55, 75000 Paris, France

3.  Paläontologisches Institut und Museum, Universität Zürich, Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, CH-8006 Zurich, Switzerland. The Function, Evolution and Anatomy Research (FEAR) Lab; School of Environmental and Rural Science; University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351, Australia

4.  Paläontologisches Institut und Museum, Universität Zürich, Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, CH-8006 Zurich, Switzerland.

Keywords: Bone mass increase,bone tissue types,extinct marine reptiles,high growth rates,PCAswimming capabilitiesTriassic.