Mammal Teeth: Origin, Evolution, and Diversity


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In this unique book, Peter S. Ungar tells the story of mammalian teeth from their origin through their evolution to their current diversity. Mammal Teeth traces the evolutionary history of teeth, beginning with the very first mineralized vertebrate structures half a billion years ago. Ungar describes how the simple conical tooth of early vertebrates became the molars, incisors, and other forms we see in mammals today. Evolutionary adaptations changed pointy teeth into flatter ones, with specialized shapes designed to ...

Mammal Teeth: Origin, Evolution, and Diversity 2010, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

ISBN-13: 9780801896682