Fang evolution in venomous snakes: Adaptation of 3D tooth shape to the biomechanical properties of their prey

@article{Cleuren2021FangEI,
  title={Fang evolution in venomous snakes: Adaptation of 3D tooth shape to the biomechanical properties of their prey},
  author={Silke G C Cleuren and David P. Hocking and Alistair R. Evans},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={2021},
  volume={75}
}
Venomous snakes are among the world's most specialized predators. During feeding, they use fangs to penetrate the body tissues of their prey, but the success of this penetration depends on the shape of these highly specialized teeth. Here, we examined the evolution of fang shape in a wide range of snakes using 3D geometric morphometrics (3DGM) and cross‐sectional tooth sharpness measurements. We investigated the relationship of these variables with six diet categories based on the prey's… 
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