From Dead Bones to Life History: Using Histology to Reconstruct the Biology of Modern and Extinct Animals


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Healthcare providers and researchers. 


  1. Contrast the differences between human bone tissue and the bone tissue of other vertebrate animals.
  2. Describe the relationship between primary bone microstructure, growth rates, and metabolic rates.
  3. Evaluate the relative rate of growth for an animal given its bone microstructure.
  4. Describe the evolutionary history of vertebrate bone tissue.



Sarah Werning, PhD
Assistant Professor, Des Moines University

Dr. Sarah Werning is an assistant professor in the Anatomy Department at Des Moines University. Her education includes degrees from University of Illinois-Chicago for a Biological Sciences degree, University of Oklahoma for Zoology, and finally University of California, Berkley for her PhD in Integrative Biology in 2013. Dr. Werning has been studying the bone tissue in modern and fossil reptiles, birds and mammals since 2002. Her research focuses on the evolution of bone, growth, and metabolism in vertebrate animals.

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