Mechanical properties and adaptations of some less familiar bony tissues

J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. 2010 Jul;3(5):357-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2010.03.002. Epub 2010 Mar 10.


This review attempts to show the bone community that there are many ways of being a 'bone', and that the range of mechanical properties of bone material is much greater than is conventionally thought to be the case. However the structure-function relationships have in many cases hardly moved beyond mere assertion. There is a pressing need for an examination of some material properties of a whole variety of bones, always using exactly the same testing method, for instance nanoindentation of wet material, so that firm comparisons can be made.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Bone and Bones / physiology*
  • Cartilage / physiology
  • Horns / physiology
  • Humans
  • Tooth / physiology