Function of the mandibular tooth comb in living and extinct mammals

@article{Rose1981FunctionOT,
  title={Function of the mandibular tooth comb in living and extinct mammals},
  author={K. Rose and A. Walker and L. Jacobs},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1981},
  volume={289},
  pages={583-585}
}
Among the most interesting mammalian dental specializations is the mandibular ‘tooth comb’ or ‘tooth scraper’ that evolved independently in certain primates and other mammals. Its occurrence is most widely known in lemurs and lorises, where it is comprised of the long, slender, procumbent incisors (one or two pairs) and incisiform canines (Fig. 1). Innon-primates the canines are not incorporated into the comb. Some tree shrews(Tupaiidae) possess a tooth comb consisting of the four central… Expand
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