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Volume 15 (2):136-141, 2011
Allometric analysis of skull parameters of Xisqueta sheep
Parés I, Casanova, P.-M.1; Sarma, K. 2
2Veterinary Anatomy & Histology. Veterinary Sciences, University. of Agricultural Sciences & Technology. R.S. Pura, India and 1Dept. of Animal Anatomy. Animal Science & Health. Univesrsity of Lleida. Catalunya. Spain.
Parés i Casanova PM, Sarma K, Allometric analysis of skull parameters of Xisqueta sheep, Online J Vet Res, 15 (2):136-141, 2011. Craniological measurements were taken from 44 skulls of adult and subadult Xisqueta sheep. An allometric formula was applied to the morphometrical data, and the relative growth of each character to total length of skull was analyzed. Twelve characteristics were correlated with total cranial length. Dental length and some of the widths of the neurocranium and splanchnocranium had positive allometric growth compared with total skull length. Only height of the foramen magnum had a negative allometric growth compared to total skull length. An isometry or proportional growth was not noted on any of the studied dimensions.
KEY-WORDS: allometry, craniometry, osteometry, skull, Xisqueta ovine breed