Many studies have been carried out concerning the relative growth of the skeleton in different species, however, as Richmond et al (1979) pointed out, very few papers relative to the effect of breed and sex on development of bones have been published. In previous works (Prud'Hon et al, 1978) we demonstrated the existence, in sheep, of genotype effects on the relative growth of certain bones, in particular in the limbs.  The differences observed may be considered as being due to functional adaptations connected to the size of animals or the management of the flock.

M. Prud'hon, J. Teyssier

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 7. Symposia (1), , 444–448, 1982
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