Canine size, shape, and bending strength in primates and carnivores.

  title={Canine size, shape, and bending strength in primates and carnivores.},
  author={Juraj Plavcan and Christopher B Ruff},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={136 1},
Anthropoid primates are well known for their highly sexually dimorphic canine teeth, with males possessing canines that are up to 400% taller than those of females. Primate canine dimorphism has been extensively documented, with a consensus that large male primate canines serve as weapons for intrasexual competition, and some evidence that large female canines in some species may likewise function as weapons. However, apart from speculation that very tall male canines may be relatively weak and… CONTINUE READING
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