Dental Functional Morphology: How Teeth Work by Peter W. LucasDental Functional Morphology: How Teeth Work by Peter W. Lucas

Dental Functional Morphology: How Teeth Work

byPeter W. Lucas

Paperback | January 29, 2007

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This book offers an innovative alternative to the assumption that teeth merely crush, cut, shear or grind food, and demonstrates how teeth adapt to diet. Peter Lucas reveals how tooth form from the earliest mammals to humans can be understood using basic considerations about how different foods fracture. He outlines his theory step-by-step, providing an allometric analysis explaining the factors governing tooth shape and size. An easy-to-use appendix also provides basic mechanics, and methods of measurement. This volume will be essential reading for physical anthropologists and dental and food scientists.
PETER W. LUCAS is Professor of Anatomy at the University of Hong Kong.
Title:Dental Functional Morphology: How Teeth WorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.79 inPublished:January 29, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521035406

ISBN - 13:9780521035408


Table of Contents

Preface; Flickart; 1. How to get excited about teeth; 2. The basic structure of the mammalian mouth; 3. How the mouth operates; 4. Tooth shape; 5. Tooth size; 6. Tooth wear; 7. The evolution of the mammalian dentition; Appendix A. Mechanical properties and their measurement: material properties made easy; Appendix B. Properties of teeth and potential foods; Notes; References; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Lucas has filled the text with fascinating observations, humorous asides and wonderfully detailed footnotes." Nature Publishing Group