Adaptation to hard-object feeding in sea otters and hominins.

Abstract

The large, bunodont postcanine teeth in living sea otters (Enhydra lutris) have been likened to those of certain fossil hominins, particularly the 'robust' australopiths (genus Paranthropus). We examine this evolutionary convergence by conducting fracture experiments on extracted molar teeth of sea otters and modern humans (Homo sapiens) to determine how… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.02.009

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