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Publication details for Mr Ian Chaplin

García-Donas, J.G., Dalton, A., Chaplin, I. & Kranioti, E.F. (2017). A revised method for the preparation of dry bone samples used in histological examination: Five simple steps. HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology 68(4): 283-288.

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Histology of dry bone tissue has many scientific applications. The histological analysis of bone requires the production of good quality thin sections. Many researchers have developed new histological techniques and/or they have refined existing ones. In this paper, we describe a revision of histological techniques for obtaining thin sections from modern dry bone. The method is easy to apply and the equipment required is commonly found in a histology laboratory. In comparison to other techniques presented in the literature, this adapted method reduces the number of consumables and steps, thereby improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the procedure.