Sunday, March 28, 2004

Carnivore, Form and function

Basically, the difference in the tooth pattern of pinnipeds, in comparison to the dentition of terrestrial carnivores, reflects an adaptation toward grasping and tearing rather than chewing. Thus there is less variation in the form of the different teeth (commonly said to be homodont, or “similar teeth”), and there tends to be a reduction in the number of teeth. There


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