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Birds of Indian Subcontinent

The functional occlusion of the teeth of Insectivora

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1966
Authors:Mills, JRE
Journal:Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology
Volume:46
Issue:308
Date Published:1966
ISBN Number:1096-3642
Keywords:Corvidae, Corvus, Corvus corone
Abstract:SUMMARY The dentitions of representatives of the principal families of Insectivora are described and their functions and the types of lateral jaw movement present are deduced from a study of the wear patterns on the crowns of the teeth. The Tenrecoida are compared with the Talpidae and Soricidae, and it is concluded that whereas the latter families have teeth which are capable of both cutting and grinding actions, the Tenrecoidea are specialized for a pure cutting action. The Erinaceidae and Macroscelididae are specialized for a grinding action, with some variation in the latter family, while the Tupaiidae are again generalized. Consideration is given to the differing types of horizontal jaw movement encountered.
URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-3642.1966.tb00081.x
Short Title:Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology
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