Dental Functional Morphology: How Teeth Work

Dental Functional Morphology: How Teeth Work

by Peter W. Lucas, P. Lucas, Peter Lucas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521562368

ISBN-13: 9780521562362

Pub. Date: 05/31/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book offers an innovative alternative to the assumption that teeth merely crush, cut, shear or grind food, and demonstrates how teeth adapt to diet. Peter Lucas reveals how tooth form from the earliest mammals to humans can be understood using basic considerations about how different foods fracture. He outlines his theory step-by-step, providing an allometric

Overview

This book offers an innovative alternative to the assumption that teeth merely crush, cut, shear or grind food, and demonstrates how teeth adapt to diet. Peter Lucas reveals how tooth form from the earliest mammals to humans can be understood using basic considerations about how different foods fracture. He outlines his theory step-by-step, providing an allometric analysis explaining the factors governing tooth shape and size. An easy-to-use appendix also provides basic mechanics, and methods of measurement. This volume will be essential reading for physical anthropologists and dental and food scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521562362
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2004
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Flickart; 1. How to get excited about teeth; 2. The basic structure of the mammalian mouth; 3. How the mouth operates; 4. Tooth shape; 5. Tooth size; 6. Tooth wear; 7. The evolution of the mammalian dentition; Appendix A. Mechanical properties and their measurement: material properties made easy; Appendix B. Properties of teeth and potential foods; Notes; References; Index.

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