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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. Species try to come up with the best
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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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