The influence of fallback foods on great ape tooth enamel.

@article{Constantino2009TheIO,
  title={The influence of fallback foods on great ape tooth enamel.},
  author={Paul J Constantino and Peter W Lucas and James J Lee and Brian R. Lawn},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={2009},
  volume={140 4},
  pages={653-60}
}
Lucas and colleagues recently proposed a model based on fracture and deformation concepts to describe how mammalian tooth enamel may be adapted to the mechanical demands of diet (Lucas et al.: Bioessays 30 2008 374-385). Here we review the applicability of that model by examining existing data on the food mechanical properties and enamel morphology of great apes (Pan, Pongo, and Gorilla). Particular attention is paid to whether the consumption of fallback foods is likely to play a key role in… CONTINUE READING

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