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.
Minimum entry requirements can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/admissions/entry-requirements/minimum
non human primates, dentition, jaw, biomechanics, finite element analysis, occlusion, diet, feeding, chewing, Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology
Masters by research
Top-up scholarship funding available
Biomedicine Discovery Institute