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Table 2.

Design for the experiment testing antler and femur bone specimens under two humidity conditions (wet or room-dry)

 Mechanical test Position Hydration N 
Antler Bending to fracture Burr or below crown Wet 25 
Antler Bending to fracture Burr or below crown Room-dry 25 
Antler Impact energy absorption Mid-point between burr and crown Room-dry 14 
Femur Bending to fracture Middle shaft Wet 12 
Femur Bending to fracture Distal upper Wet 12 
Femur Impact energy absorption Distal lower Wet 12 
 Mechanical test Position Hydration N 
Antler Bending to fracture Burr or below crown Wet 25 
Antler Bending to fracture Burr or below crown Room-dry 25 
Antler Impact energy absorption Mid-point between burr and crown Room-dry 14 
Femur Bending to fracture Middle shaft Wet 12 
Femur Bending to fracture Distal upper Wet 12 
Femur Impact energy absorption Distal lower Wet 12 

There are three sections of antler and of femur (burr or below the crown and the middle section of antler; distal upper/lower part and middle of femur), and two types of mechanical testing (quasi-static three-point bending or impact energy absorption). N refers to the number of test specimens.

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