Jaws of herbivorous mammals

Submitted by Naturenomics Team on Mon, 17/10/2016 - 05:17
Abstract

The jaws of herbivorous mammals are characterized by their large occlusal surface of the molar; high crown of the molar; long snout; etc. However, elephants, the biggest herbivorous mammal, have other characteristics. In the evolutionary trends of proboscidean skulls, concomitant with the increase in tusk size comes on the enlargement, antero-posterior shortening, dorso-ventral elongation of the cranium with increasing cheek teeth size. Naturally, the jaw follows the same evolutionary trends as the cranium

Author

Konishi, S., 2005.

References

582. Clin. Calcium 15, 1414-1417

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