Vestigial Tooth Anatomy and Tusk Nomenclature for Monodon Monoceros

  title={Vestigial Tooth Anatomy and Tusk Nomenclature for Monodon Monoceros},
  author={M. Nweeia and F. Eichmiller and P. Hauschka and Ethan M. Tyler and J. Mead and Charles W. Potter and D. Angnatsiak and P. Richard and J. Orr and Sandie R Black},
  journal={The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology},
  • M. Nweeia, F. Eichmiller, +7 authors Sandie R Black
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
  • Narwhal tusks, although well described and characterized within publications, are clouded by contradictory references, which refer to them as both incisors and canines. [...] Key Result Examination of 131 skull samples, including 110 museum skull specimens and 21 harvested skulls, revealed the erupted tusks surrounded by maxillary bone over the entire length of their bone socket insertion, and are thus more accurately termed caniniform or canine teeth.Expand Abstract
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