Microwear of mammalian teeth as an indicator of diet

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Science  08 Sep 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4359, pp. 908-910
DOI: 10.1126/science.684415


Microwear details on teeth of two sympatric species of hyrax are correlated with major dietary differences observed in the wild. Grazing (Procavia john-stoni) and browsing (Heterohyrax brucei) species can be distinguished. The results show that diets of extinct species may be deduced from tooth microwear.

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