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Rich Hengst
08-12-2003, 02:52 AM
As a physiologist needing to learn biomechanics ...

Does anyone know of studies relating the shape of adjacent vertebral
centra to flexibility of the discs separating them? In some animals, a
central faces are flat, whereas in others, they might be concave, etc.
The differences in disc shape would differ, but does the flexibility of
the joint vary?

Also, do the mechanical properties of intervertebral disc cartilage
vary along the vertebral column (again in tetrapod animals)? Would one
expect cervical cartilage properties to differ from thoracic, lumbar, or
caudal?

All help is appreciated,


Rich Hengst
Biological Sciences
Purdue North Central
Westville, IN

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