Three-dimensional computer analysis of white shark jaw mechanics: how hard can a great white bite?

  title={Three-dimensional computer analysis of white shark jaw mechanics: how hard can a great white bite?},
  author={Stephen Wroe and Daniel R. Huber and Michael B. Lowry and Colin McHenry and Karen Moreno and Philip Douglas Clausen and Toni L. Ferrara and Eleanor Cunningham and Mason N. Dean and Adam P. Summers},
  journal={Journal of Zoology},
The notorious jaws of the white shark Carcharodon carcharias are widely feared, yet poorly understood. Neither its bite force, nor how such force might be delivered using relatively elastic cartilaginous jaws, have been quantified or described. We have digitally reconstructed the jaws of a white shark to estimate maximum bite force and examine relationships among their three-dimensional geometry, material properties and function. We predict that bite force in large white sharks may exceed c. 1… 

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