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Ann Acad Med Stetin, 2006; 52, Suppl 1, 83-87

SYLWIA PIOTROWSKA, ZYGMUNT MACHOY, DARIUSZ CHLUBEK

 

CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM, FLUORIDE, AND PHOSPHORUS CONTENT IN ANTLERS AND SKULL BONES OF ROE DEER (CAPREOLUS CAPREOLUS) IN RELATION TO AGE

Zakład Biochemii, Katedra Biochemii i Chemii Medycznej Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej

al. Powstańców Wlkp. 72, 70-111 Szczecin

Kierownik: prof. dr hab. n. med. Dariusz Chlubek

 

Summary

Purpose: This study was undertaken to compare calcium, magnesium, fluoride, and phosphorus content in antlers and skull bones of roe deer in relation to their age and habitat.

Material and methods: The study was done in 22 samples originating from two Forestry Districts of West Pomerania. The study population was divided into two age groups: young animals (aged 1–2 years) and mature animals (aged 4–8 years). Calcium and magnesium was measured with atomic absorption spectrometry, phosphorus with a spectrophotometric method, and fluoride with an ion-selective electrode.

Conclusions: Statistical analysis demonstrated differences in the content of the elements depending on age and environmental pollution. Correlations between the content of elements in skull bones and antlers were found.

K e y w o r d s: roe deer – mineralization – antlers – skull bones – physiological osteoporosis – environmental biomonitoring.
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