Functional implications of primate enamel thickness.

  title={Functional implications of primate enamel thickness.},
  author={S D Molnar and D G Gantt},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={46 3},
Recent evolutionary interpretations of Hominoidea have postulated functional relationships between tooth form, diet and masticatory biomechanics. A major consideration is the durability of the tooth under certain dietary conditions. Teeth with low cusps and thicker enamel are able to withstand heavy mastication of abrasive food bolus for a longer period. When comparisons are made between species of higher primates the variables of tooth size, cusp morphology, and enamel thickness appear to be… CONTINUE READING