Are lines of arrested growth in bone indicative of seasonal metabolic suppression in bears?
Large hibernators such as bears have seasonal metabolic suppression, hibernation (Tøien et al. 2012). During hibernation bear's activity is very low; to the point most other animals would exhibit disuse bone resorption. However bears do not exhibit disuse bone resorption during this time (McGeeLawrence et al. 2008). Are lines of arrested growth (LAGs) in bone indicative of seasonal metabolic suppression in bears? Through the use of toluidine blue stain light microscopy slides and backscattered scanning electron microscopy images (SEM), LAGs were counted and correlated with age. LAGs have a strong ...
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