Three-Dimensional CT Examination of the Mastication System in the Giant Anteater

  title={Three-Dimensional CT Examination of the Mastication System in the Giant Anteater},
  author={H. Endo and Nobuharu Niizawa and T. Komiya and S. Kawada and J. Kimura and T. Itou and H. Koie and T. Sakai},
  booktitle={Zoological science},
  • H. Endo, Nobuharu Niizawa, +5 authors T. Sakai
  • Published in Zoological science 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Abstract The gross anatomy of the mastication system of the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) was examined by means of three-dimensional image analysis. The anteater rotates the mandibles medially and laterally to control its tongue when it is elongated and to house it when it is relaxed. Three-dimensional CT image analysis demonstrated that the shape and size of the oral cavity changes drastically when the mandibles are rotated. The oral cavity expands bilaterally when the dorsal part… CONTINUE READING
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