Increased effect of harsh climate in red deer with a poor set of teeth

@article{Loe2005IncreasedEO,
  title={Increased effect of harsh climate in red deer with a poor set of teeth},
  author={Leif Egil Loe and Christophe Bonenfant and Rolf Langvatn and Atle Mysterud and Vebj\orn Veiberg and Nils Chr. Stenseth},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2005},
  volume={147},
  pages={24-30}
}
Teeth are vital for mammal performance and especially in ungulates relying on mechanical decomposition of plant material for effective microbial digestion and energy uptake. The main focus of the role of teeth in ungulate life histories has been on tooth wear, while no one has addressed to what extent deviation from the natural set of teeth (maldentition) causes variation in individual fitness components. Based on mandibles from 41,066 individual red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) collected from 1969… CONTINUE READING