Functional Significance of the Therian Molar Pattern

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THE molar morphology of therian mammals has interested zoologists for nearly a century. Its basic functional significance has been demonstrated by cinefluorographic studies of molar occlusion and jaw movements during mastication in the American opossum (Didelphis marsupialis)1,2, together with a comprehensive study of the molar teeth of Mesozoic mammals.

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CROMPTON, A., SITA-LUMSDEN, A. Functional Significance of the Therian Molar Pattern. Nature 227, 197–199 (1970). https://doi.org/10.1038/227197a0

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