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Wim Van Neer and Mircea Udrescu (2015)

Healed mid-shaft fracture of an Early Roman bovine femur

International Journal of Paleopathology , 8:24-28.

We evaluated a healed fracture that was observed in the shaft of a bovine femur from an Early Roman settlement context at the site of Wange, Belgium. Using external observation and X-ray images, the specimen is described, paying particular attention to displacement of the bone ends, shortening of the bone, and callus formation. Similar fractures seen in femora of a modern Derby’s antelope (Taurotragus derbianus) and of a modern eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla graueri) are described, and we discuss why the incidence of healed femur fractures is so limited in large mammals.
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