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The effect of feeding behaviour on the biomechanics of the primate jaw during ontogeny

The shape of the lower jaw (mandible) and dentition in non-human primates varies between species but the reasons behind this morphological variation are unclear. Previous research has associated the robusticity of the lower jaw with adaptations to hard object feeding. Our recent studies have shown that the link between jaw shape and diet is more complex than initially thought and assumptions about links between diet and feeding behavior based on jaw anatomy are poorly supported. This project aims to elucidate how feeding behaviour influences the mechanics of the lower jaw during development.
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non human primates, dentition, jaw, biomechanics, finite element analysis, occlusion, diet, feeding, chewing, Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology
Biomedicine Discovery Institute (School of Biomedical Sciences) » Anatomy and Developmental Biology
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Masters by research
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Top-up scholarship funding available 
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Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Luca Fiorenza

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