Dentition: Carnivores vs. Herbivores

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  • DENTITION
    • CARNIVORE
      • They have large canines for the holding and killing of prey.
      • They have carnassials on each cheek, which slide past each other like scissor blades.
        • These shear meat off the bone.
      • Their molars and premolars have sharp points for cutting and crushing.
      • Their lower jaw moves vertically and jaw muscles are well developed so prey can be caught without causing dislocation.
    • HERBIVORE
      • They have incisors on their lower jaw only.
      • Their canines are indistinguishable from their incisors.
      • They have a horny pad.
      • There is a gap between their front teeth and premolars called the diastema, for the manipulation of food.
      • The molars and premolars have a large surface area for the grinding of plant material.
        • They interlock with a WM arrangement.
      • Their jaw moves from side to side in a circular motion for the grinding of food,
        • Their jaw muscles are poorly developed.
  • HERBIVORE
    • They have incisors on their lower jaw only.
    • Their canines are indistinguishable from their incisors.
    • They have a horny pad.
    • There is a gap between their front teeth and premolars called the diastema, for the manipulation of food.
    • The molars and premolars have a large surface area for the grinding of plant material.
      • They interlock with a WM arrangement.
    • Their jaw moves from side to side in a circular motion for the grinding of food,
      • Their jaw muscles are poorly developed.

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