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We have no more reason to believe in such a relation, than we have to believe that the same bones in the hand of a man, wing of a bat, and fin of a porpoise, are related to similar conditions of life.
No boots remained, if the man had worn boots, but there were several buckles scattered about suggesting that a great part of his trappings had been of leather, while just beneath the bones of one hand lay a metal cylinder about eight inches long and two inches in diameter.
Upon the last sheet was a roughly drawn map with numerous reference points marked upon it, all unintelligible to Tarzan, who, after a brief examination of the papers, returned them to their metal case, replaced the top and was about to toss the little cylinder to the ground beside the mute remains of its former possessor when some whim of curiosity unsatisfied prompted him to slip it into the quiver with his arrows, though as he did so it was with the grim thought that possibly centuries hence it might again come to the sight of man beside his own bleached bones.
He thought I had been kind to him, and said to a fellow-student of mine, 'Tell the Doctor I lave him me bones, for I've nothing else in the wide world, and I'll nos be wanting 'em at all, at all, when the great pain hat kilt me entirely.
The noise lasted for several minutes, during which, that I might hearken to it with the more satisfaction, I ceased my labours and sat down upon the bones.
Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones.
Fibrous dysplasia is a rare, nonneoplastic bone disease in which osteoblasts are incapable of producing mature trabecular bone.
We have not seen any direct evidence that these bone problems are related to the metabolic disturbances observed in HIV-positive people.
A few other, heavily eroded pieces of dinosaur bone turn up, but Murphy says that they probably aren't Ralph's because his fossil bones are usually in good condition.
The goal of this proof of concept, internally controlled clinical trial was to evaluate the safety and ability of TRCs -- a proprietary autologous bone marrow-derived stem cell product -- to increase bone height in the posterior maxilla (upper jaw) of 5 patients, who had severe bone loss in the region and minimal residual bone remaining.
The half-life in children and in pregnant women was reported to be longer, because of bone remodeling (Gulson et al.
Bone: The Great Cow Race is a re-issue (in color) of the second volume of Jeff Smith's beloved Bone series, a fantasy epic spanning nine volumes.