K Benirschke's scientific contributions

Citations

... Armadillo mothers have a potentially unique challenge in that their pups rapidly grow a bony carapace in addition to their internal skeleton, suggesting a high requirement for the transfer of calcium and phosphorus from mother to pups via milk. The adult armadillo's carapace accounts for 16% of its total body weight and its ossification occurs mostly after birth (Anderson and Benirschke 1966;Vickaryous and Hall 2006). Allocation of calcium to milk may require significant demineralization of the maternal skeleton-likely impacting the survival of the mother (Barclay 1994;Superina and Loughry 2012). ...