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Movement adds bite to the evolutionary morphology of mammalian teeth
© Polly; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
- Received: 31 July 2012
- Accepted: 7 August 2012
- Published: 16 August 2012
Selection and constraints put limits on morphological evolution. Mammalian teeth are no exception, and the need for them to meet precisely exerts exacting constraints on a staggering array of developmental and functional factors that must be integrated to maintain their performance as they evolve. A study in BMC Evolutionary Biology demonstrates that mandibular movement is an important component of this integration, and one that should not be neglected in the quantitiative study of the evolution of tooth morphology.
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- dental occlusion
- evolutionary constraints
- morphological integration
- orientation patch counts
Philip Myers (Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan) and Paula Jenkins (Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum) provided access to bat specimens.
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