Three-dimensional computer simulations of feeding behaviour in red and giant pandas relate skull biomechanics with dietary niche partitioning.

@article{Figueirido2014ThreedimensionalCS,
  title={Three-dimensional computer simulations of feeding behaviour in red and giant pandas relate skull biomechanics with dietary niche partitioning.},
  author={Borja Figueirido and Zhijie Jack Tseng and Francisco J Serrano-Alarc{\'o}n and Alberto Mart{\'i}n-Serra and Juan Francisco Pastor},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2014},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={20140196}
}
The red (Ailurus fulgens) and giant (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) pandas are mammalian carnivores convergently adapted to a bamboo feeding diet. However, whereas Ailurus forages almost entirely on younger leaves, fruits and tender trunks, Ailuropoda relies more on trunks and stems. Such difference in foraging mode is considered a strategy for resource partitioning where they are sympatric. Here, we use finite-element analysis to test for mechanical differences and similarities in skull performance… CONTINUE READING
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