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Cats' Teeth

Naturevolume 6page456 (1872) | Download Citation



DOUBTLESS the case mentioned by Mr. Lydekker is somewhat unusual; but the mere fact of an animal possessing an extra tooth can hardly upset Prof. Owen's theory. It is by no means an uncommon thing to meet with examples of supernumerary teeth in man, and these rarely disturb the arrangement of the others, (mostly occurring on the palatal or lingual sides of normal teeth), I do not therefore see why (judging from analogy) it should be very unusual for the lower animals to possess like peculiarities, although they are not often met with on account of the limited number of skulls examined. Mr. L. does not tell us whether the extra tooth occurs in the superior or inferior maxilla.

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