Dental enamel as a dietary indicator in mammals.

@article{Lucas2008DentalEA,
  title={Dental enamel as a dietary indicator in mammals.},
  author={Peter W Lucas and Paul J Constantino and Bernard A Wood and Brian R. Lawn},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  year={2008},
  volume={30 4},
  pages={
          374-85
        }
}
The considerable variation in shape, size, structure and properties of the enamel cap covering mammalian teeth is a topic of great evolutionary interest. No existing theories explain how such variations might be fit for the purpose of breaking food particles down. Borrowing from engineering materials science, we use principles of fracture and deformation of solids to provide a quantitative account of how mammalian enamel may be adapted to diet. Particular attention is paid to mammals that feed… CONTINUE READING
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