Tooth Morphology and Dietary Specialization

  • Wolfgang Maier


It was Cuvier (1805) who complained about the pupils of Linné, who were more interested in sorting superficial characters of organisms for taxonomic purposes than in understanding them physiologically. There is no doubt that classification is an important step in the scientific process of defining an appropriate place within the natural system for any object, but reasoning should not halt at this point. Moreover, classifications have to be considered as preliminary unless based on sound functional and evolutionary reasoning (Bock, 1981).


Mouse Lemur Functional Morphology Tooth Crown Wear Facet Front Tooth 
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  • Wolfgang Maier
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  1. 1.KlinikumUniversitätFrankfurt/MainWest Germany

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