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Title: Ring depressions in cattle horncores as indicators of traction use - a cautionary note
Authors: Thomas, R
Sykes, N
Doherty, S
Smith, D
First Published: 7-Aug-2018
Publisher: Elsevier for Paleopathology Association
Citation: Int J Paleopathol, 2018, 22, pp. 140-142
Abstract: In this short communication we call attention to the discovery of a ring depression (a circumferential constriction) in the horncore of a feral bull. This discovery casts doubt on the attribution of similar lesions in archaeological deposits as conclusive evidence of 'cord impressions' resulting from yoking or reining cattle for traction. Drawing upon evidence of horncore depressions in other species, we suggest that they reflect metabolic problems following horn development; additional research is required to test this hypothesis.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2018.07.002
eISSN: 1879-9825
Embargo on file until: 7-Aug-2019
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. After an embargo period this version of the paper will be an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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