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Dental functional morphology [electronic resource] : how teeth work /
Peter W. Lucas.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
description
xvi, 355 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0521562368
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
isbn
0521562368
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8359874
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-345) and index.
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"A nice fresh book on dental anatomy, occlusion, evolution, pathology and associated subjects. Good illustration." Journal of the American Association of Forensic Dentists
"...an original and comprehensive overview..." Science
'... a very well written text and covers a great deal of ground ... The author's style is very chatty and his sense of humour pervades the whole text making the book very readable.' British Dental Journal
'... a very well written text and covers a great deal of ground ... The author's style is very chatty and his sense of humour pervades the whole text making the book very readable.'British Dental Journal
‘… a very well written text and covers a great deal of ground … The author's style is very chatty and his sense of humour pervades the whole text making the book very readable.’British Dental Journal
"Dental Functional Morphology presents an original and comprehensive overview of its field, and it provides a rich source of fresh ideas." Science Magazine
"It is not often that a body of research can be called 'revolutionary', but Peter Lucas' work is just that. He has changed, in a most fundamental way, how we perceive the form-function relationship between teeth and food. ...Dental Functional Morphology codifies a quarter century of research by one of the field's best and brightest...a must read." Peter Ungar, University of Arkansas
"Lucas has filled the text with fascinating observations, humorous asides and wonderfully detailed footnotes." Nature Publishing Group
"Professor Lucas has written a very personal book on a subject about which he clearly feels quite passionate. It is a very well written text and covers a great deal of ground. The book is not really aimed at the practising dentist, but at anyone who may have an interest in the function of teeth. It gives a well researched, but personal, view of the evolution of teeth relative to function. The author's style is very chatty and his sense of humour pervades the whole text making the book very readable." British Dental Journal
'... provides a fresh perspective on dental function ... readers interested in such topics as evolution, diet and ecology will enjoy his many other ideas about how vertebrate teeth work ... Lucas succeeds in conveying his enthusiasm for the challenges of learning about the biology and ecology of organisms from such a small and humble organ. Although the book contains plenty of mechanics, the equations are presented clearly and well explained. Lucas has filled the text with fascinating observations, humorous asides and wonderfully detailed footnotes.' Nature
'... provides a fresh perspective on dental function ... readers interested in such topics as evolution, diet and ecology will enjoy his many other ideas about how vertebrate teeth work ... Lucas succeeds in conveying his enthusiasm for the challenges of learning about the biology and ecology of organisms from such a small and humble organ. Although the book contains plenty of mechanics, the equations are presented clearly and well explained. Lucas has filled the text with fascinating observations, humorous asides and wonderfully detailed footnotes.'Nature
‘… provides a fresh perspective on dental function … readers interested in such topics as evolution, diet and ecology will enjoy his many other ideas about how vertebrate teeth work … Lucas succeeds in conveying his enthusiasm for the challenges of learning about the biology and ecology of organisms from such a small and humble organ. Although the book contains plenty of mechanics, the equations are presented clearly and well explained. Lucas has filled the text with fascinating observations, humorous asides and wonderfully detailed footnotes.’Nature
"Students from dental form will benefit from these ideas." American Journal of Human Biology, Mark Spencer, Department of Anthropology, Institute of Human Origins, Arizon State University
'The book's strength lies in its focus on the application of engineering principles to questions of dental functional morphology ... Dental Functional Morphology presents an original and comprehensive overview of its field, and it provides a rich source of fresh ideas, including testable hypotheses. The mechanical engineering approach outlined in the book will certainly lead to new studies and insights into the functional significance of the diverse morphologies of vertebrate teeth.' Science
'... there is no other up-to-date single-authored book on the subject of dental functional morphology, so in this right this book is valuable. Lucas delivers a text worthy of use as a textbook and a primary source that will last for years to come. ... It is clear, easy to read, with concepts explained in a sensible, logical manner that should appeal to students and researchers. His sparing use of jargon makes this an uncommonly accessible book; something that I anticipate will make this internationally cited and read. ... I have rarely read such a book that has inspired me to add so much marginalia of future research ideas! If your work has any involvement of the function of dentitions or oral anatomy, you need to read this book.' www.PalArch.nl
'… there is no other up-to-date single-authored book on the subject of dental functional morphology, so in this right this book is valuable. Lucas delivers a text worthy of use as a textbook and a primary source that will last for years to come. … It is clear, easy to read, with concepts explained in a sensible, logical manner that should appeal to students and researchers. His sparing use of jargon makes this an uncommonly accessible book; something that I anticipate will make this internationally cited and read. … I have rarely read such a book that has inspired me to add so much marginalia of future research ideas! If your work has any involvement of the function of dentitions or oral anatomy, you need to read this book.'www.PalArch.nl
'... this is a great book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in dental functional morphology.' American Journal of Physical Anthropology
'... this is a great book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in dental functional morphology.'American Journal of Physical Anthropology
‘… this is a great book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in dental functional morphology.’American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title offers an innovative alternative to the received wisdom that teeth merely crush, cut, shear or grind food. It shows how mammalian tooth form can be understood using considerations of food fracture.
Description for Bookstore
Dental Functional Morphology offers an alternative to the received wisdom that teeth merely crush, cut, shear or grind food, and shows how teeth adapt to diet. Showing how tooth form can be understood using considerations of food fracture, it is essential reading for physical anthropologists, dental and food scientists.
Description for Bookstore
Dental Functional Morphology offers an innovative alternative to the received wisdom that teeth merely crush, cut, shear or grind food, and shows how teeth adapt to diet. Showing how tooth form can be understood using considerations of food fracture, it is essential reading for physical anthropologists, dental and food scientists.
Description for Bookstore
How Teeth Work offers an innovative alternative to the received wisdom that teeth merely crush, cut, shear or grind food, and shows how teeth adapt to diet. It shows how tooth form from the earliest mammals to humans can be understood using basic considerations about how different foods fracture. It outlines the theory step-by-step, providing an allometric analysis explaining the factors governing tooth shape and size. An easy-to-use appendix also provides basic mechanics, together with methods of measurement. It will be essential reading for physical anthropologists, dental and food scientists.
Main Description
Dental Functional Morphology offers an alternative to the received wisdom that teeth merely crush, cut, shear or grind food and shows how teeth adapt to diet. Providing an analysis of tooth action based on an understanding of how food particles break, it shows how tooth form from the earliest mammals to modern-day humans can be understood using very basic considerations about fracture. It outlines the theoretical basis step by step, explaining the factors governing tooth shape and size and provides an allometric analysis that will revolutionize attitudes to the evolution of the human face and the impact of cooked foods on our dentition. In addition, the basis of the mechanics behind the fracture of different types of food, and methods of measurement are given in an easy-to-use appendix. It will be an important sourcebook for physical anthropologists, dental and food scientists, palaeontologists and those interested in feeding ecology.
Main Description
This book offers an innovative alternative to the assumption that teeth merely crush, cut, shear or grind food, and demonstrates how teeth adapt to diet. Peter Lucas reveals how tooth form from the earliest mammals to humans can be understood using basic considerations about how different foods fracture. He outlines his theory step-by-step, providing an allometric analysis explaining the factors governing tooth shape and size. An easy-to-use appendix also provides basic mechanics, and methods of measurement. This volume will be essential reading for physical anthropologists and dental and food scientists.
Table of Contents
Preface
Flickart
How to get excited about teeth
The basic structure of the mammalian mouth
How the mouth operates
Tooth shape
Tooth size
Tooth wear
The evolution of the mammalian dentition
Mechanical properties and their measurement: material properties made easy
Properties of teeth and potential foods
Notes
References
Index
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