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Methods of assessing leaf‐fracture properties
Numerous authors have attempted to quantify the physical properties of leaves in relation to aspects of leaf ecology, including decomposition, sclerophylly, herbivory, and leaf function and
Do silica phytoliths really wear mammalian teeth
The hardness results indicate that silica phytoliths do not contribute as much to mammalian dental microwear as previously reported and that exogenous grit and dust are a more likely cause.
The tooth of perfection: functional and spatial constraints on mammalian tooth shape
Understanding of constraints on tooth shape in terms of geometry (how space influences tooth shape) and function (how teeth divide food) is extended to include geometry and function.
Measurement of leaf biomechanical properties in studies of herbivory : Opportunities, problems and procedures
To really understand the functional and ecological significance of leaf texture in relation to herbivory, a more reductionist approach is needed and only then can the authors move on to the larger scales of pattern that many ecologists are seeking.
The effect of tooth shape on the breakdown of insects
The experiments show that tooth shape is important in the force and energy needed for teeth to penetrate and drive through insects and the scale of teeth is important – teeth of the same shape but different size vary in their effectiveness to divide foods.
The morphology and occlusion of the molariform cheek teeth in some Macropodinae (Marsupialia: Macropodidae).
The morphology and functional occlusion of the cheek teeth of Wallabia bicolor and Macropus giganteus are compared and M. gigsanteus teeth seem to be more adapted to cutting fibrous, abrasive material.
The biomechanics of browsing and grazing.
  • G. Sanson
  • Biology, Medicine
    American journal of botany
  • 1 October 2006
The two different plant types are fed on by two different groups of organisms of very different sizes, digestive physiologies, mechanical processing abilities and properties, and nutritional requirements, but how this interacts with the scale of the mechanical properties of the leaf is not well understood.
Form and function of the selenodont molar in southern African ruminants in relation to their feeding habits
Differences in enamel ridge characteristics between feeding types suggest that food is being processed in essentially different ways by the browsers and grazers, depending on what the major component of the diet is.
A new method for characterizing surface roughness and available space in biological systems
A method of quantifying topographic roughness is described, which produces estimates of space potentially available to organisms in different size classes rather than giving general descriptors.
Gross vs. net income: How plant toughness affects performance of an insect herbivore.
It is shown that leaf biomechanical traits can influence chewing herbivores independently of leaf chemical traits.