Incisor size and diet in anthropoids with special reference to Cercopithecidae.


Journal Article

In 57 species of anthropoids relative size of incisors in highly correlated with diet. Anthropoids that feed primarily on large food objects (large fruits) have larger incisors than those that feed on smaller food objects (berries or leaves). This difference reflects a need for more extensive incisal preparation of larger food objects before mastication. Extensive incisal preparation causes increased tooth wear, therefore, enlarged incisors are probably an adaptive response to increase their wear potential.

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Cited Authors

  • Hylander, WL

Published Date

  • September 1, 1975

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 189 / 4208

Start / End Page

  • 1095 - 1098

PubMed ID

  • 808855

Pubmed Central ID

  • 808855

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.808855


  • eng