Introduction to Primates 9.6.11

Introduction to Primates 9.6.11 - • Species try to come...

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Introduction to Primates 9/6/11
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The Primate Skeleton Four types of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars and molars.
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Primate Functional anatomy Why does each species possess its particular anatomical characteristics? Structure-function relationship, a result of the work of natural selection. Keep in mind: Not all characters have an adaptive significance, that is to say, not all characters improve the survival and reproduction potential of an individual.
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Unformatted text preview: • Species try to come up with the best Rules: Diet • Primates relying upon similar foods tend to have similar teeth and guts: • Frugivorous species: low rounded cusps on molars to crush fruit, broad incisors to bite off parts of fruits, long small intestine •-Folivorous(leaf-eating) species: • High cusps on molars, with shearing crests to slice up leaves, small incisors, complex multichambered stomach, large...
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