Fallow deer

Brown, W.A.B., Chapman, N.G. (1991). Age assessment of fallow deer (Dama dama): from a scoring scheme based on radiographs of developing permanent molariform teeth. J. Zool., Lond. 224: 367-379.

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The stages of permanent tooth development observed in radiographs of the mandible were described for known-aged fallow deer Dama dama. Ten stages were defined and, by allocating scores for these stages, the scores that may be expected for a particular age have been identified. Lastly, the predicted age was given for total molariform scores. These were obtained, with 95% prediction intervals, from a regression of age on total molariform scores. An age assessment from tooth development stages can be made up to three years, after which, no further development takes place.

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