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Re: Terminology question
Why is forensic pathology called pathology in that case?
On 16 July 2011 18:28, Patty Ralrick <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>But would the word paleopathology apply to it, in that case?
> This response is from my boyfriend, Darren Tanke (dinosaur paleopathology
> worker). He states that 'paleopathology' only relates to instances where
> there is a bodily response to an injury or disease. For example, a callus
> around a fractured bone or bone degeneration around a diseased or parasitic
> area. A tooth-mark with no healing is not considered paleopathology, but a
> taphonomic signature because it happened after the animal died. If you are
> preyed upon and bitten (even if you live for hours after the bite occurred)
> or scavenged upon later (leaving bitemarks) you are dead. Dead bone cannot
> heal. Thus it is not considered a paleopathology. You must have evidence of
> the bone responding by healing or fighting off an infection for it to be
> considered 'paleopathology'.
> To a paleopathologist, unhealed toothmarks do not equal paleopathology
> because you can never know how soon before or after death they occurred. They
> are instead a taphonomic signature.
> The take home message is "Dead bone can't heal!".
> Hope this helps!
> Patty : )
> Patty Ralrick, MSc
> Drumheller, AB, Canada
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