Functional structure of the skull in hominoidea.

  title={Functional structure of the skull in hominoidea.},
  author={Holger Preuschoft and Ulrich Witzel},
  journal={Folia primatologica; international journal of primatology},
  volume={75 4},
Finite elements stress analysis (FESA) was used to investigate the flow of compressive forces which occur if a homogenous, three-dimensional body representing the skull is loaded by simulated bite forces against the tooth row. Model 1 represents the snout alone. Bite forces are applied simultaneously, but increase rearward. Stresses in the model concentrate along the anterior contour and the lower surface of the model, leaving unstressed a nasal opening and a wide naso-oral connection. Model 2… CONTINUE READING


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