Data from: The function(s) of the bone ornamentation in the crocodylomorph osteoderms: a biomechanical model based on a finite element analysis

François Clarac, Florent Goussard, Vivian De Buffrénil & Vittorio Sansalone
This paper aims at assessing the influence of the bone ornamentation and, specifically, of the associated loss of bone mass on the mechanical response of the crocodylomorph osteoderms. To this aim, we have performed three dimensional modeling and finite element analyses on a sample which includes both extant dry bones and well-preserved fossils tracing back to the Late Triassic. We simulated an external attack under variable angles on the apical surface of each osteoderm and...
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