A review of dental microwear and diet in modern mammals

M. F. Teaford

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Recent work has shown that microscopic wear patterns on teeth may yield insights into variations in diet and tooth use in modern and prehistoric mammals. This paper presents a review of dental microwear and diet in modern mammals, plus a discussion of topics for further research. To date, incisor and molar microwear have been examined, although there are far fewer studies of the former. Facilitated by the use of high-resolution casts and scanning electron microscopy, analyses have ranged from: qualitative to quantitative, low magnification to high magnification, and experimental studies to comparative studies of museum collections. Results are encouraging and may lead to further insights into a variety of topics including food processing and dental microstructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1149-1166
Number of pages18
JournalScanning Microscopy
Volume2
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988

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diets
mammals
Mammals
teeth
Nutrition
magnification
food processing
museums
Food processing
Museums
casts
Wear of materials
microstructure
Microstructure
Scanning electron microscopy
scanning electron microscopy
high resolution

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Teaford, MF 1988, 'A review of dental microwear and diet in modern mammals', Scanning Microscopy, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 1149-1166.
Teaford, M. F. / A review of dental microwear and diet in modern mammals. In: Scanning Microscopy. 1988 ; Vol. 2, No. 2. pp. 1149-1166.
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