The age of odontocetes living in the wild is determined mainly by analysis of dentine layers in sections of the teeth. We examined a series of specimens from striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba, Meyen, 1833) that had stranded along the Italian coast of the Mediterranean sea. The present study analyzes and describes bone density in the arm and forearm of the stranded specimens, and correlates the data with total body length of the animal and age as determined by the number of dentine layers in sections of the teeth. According to our model, age can be predicted on the basis of bone density and total body length of the stranded animal. This is the first study to use bone density as a biological parameter to understand the wear and tear of life in the sea. The results suggest that bone density is a new tool for recording age in wild odontocetes. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Bone density of the arm and forearm as an age indicator in specimens of stranded striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba)

Guglielmini C.;Bernardini D.;Pietra M.;
2002

Abstract

The age of odontocetes living in the wild is determined mainly by analysis of dentine layers in sections of the teeth. We examined a series of specimens from striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba, Meyen, 1833) that had stranded along the Italian coast of the Mediterranean sea. The present study analyzes and describes bone density in the arm and forearm of the stranded specimens, and correlates the data with total body length of the animal and age as determined by the number of dentine layers in sections of the teeth. According to our model, age can be predicted on the basis of bone density and total body length of the stranded animal. This is the first study to use bone density as a biological parameter to understand the wear and tear of life in the sea. The results suggest that bone density is a new tool for recording age in wild odontocetes. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Guglielmini C.; Zotti A.; Bernardini D.; Pietra M.; Podesta M.; Cozzi B.
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