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Biostereometrics, And Problems In Ontogenetic And Phylogenetic Studies Of Growth And Form
Author(s): Ordean J. Oyen; Robert W. R ice; Alan C. Walker
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Paper Abstract

In spite of a long and rich history of investigation, numerous questions remain to be resolved about human form and form change. Techniques from analytical geometry, anthropometry, biostatistics, comparative, developmental and functional anatomy, osteology, paleontology and scanning electron microscopy are but a few of the methods which have been used to advance our understanding of human anatomy. Biostereometrics, however, with its capacity to generate mathematically precise three-dimensional descriptions of body structures has not been broadly applied in comparative studies of human form and morphogenesis. This paper briefly identifies and reviews some of the more persistent problems associated with the description, quantification, and analysis of biological form; it offers suggestions how biostereometric procedures may be combined with other methods to generate more complete, mathematically accurate and biologically sound characterizations of human form, growth and development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 1980
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0166, NATO Symposium on Applications of Human Biostereometrics, (29 July 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.956970
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Ordean J. Oyen, Texas A&M University (United States)
Robert W. R ice, Texas A&M University (United States)
Alan C. Walker, Johns Hopkins University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0166:
NATO Symposium on Applications of Human Biostereometrics
A. M. Coblentz; Robin E. Herron, Editor(s)

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