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Archer, "The development of articular cartilage: evidence for an appositional growth mechanism," Anatomy and Embryology (Berl), vol.
This action of the scleroblasts is responsible for the growth in width of the hemisegment through appositional growth (central lepidotrichia layers are older that the further external ones).
Melsen (1974) has reported that the bone appositional growth of the anterior wall of the inner surface of the ST stops early in life, while the reabsorption of the rear floor and the wall behind the ST continues for a long period.