Feeding ecology and morphology of the upper canines in bears (carnivora: Ursidae)

@article{Christiansen2008FeedingEA,
  title={Feeding ecology and morphology of the upper canines in bears (carnivora: Ursidae)},
  author={Per Christiansen},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},
  year={2008},
  volume={269}
}
The morphology and mechanical strength of the upper canines in all eight extant species of ursids is analyzed, and the findings are discussed in relation to feeding ecology. Ursids have proportionally smaller canines than other large carnivores with a specialized feeding ecology, such as large felids, and the upper canine morphology is both canid‐like and felid‐like. The giant panda is the most divergent species, and its short, blunt, and cone‐like canines appear well adapted for tearing into… Expand
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