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Functional evolution of the feeding system in rodents (2012)
Journal Article
Cox, P. G., Rayfield, E. J., Fagan, M. J., Herrel, A., Pataky, T. C., & Jeffery, N. (2012). Functional evolution of the feeding system in rodents. PloS one, 7(4), (e36299). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036299. ISSN 1932-6203

The masticatory musculature of rodents has evolved to enable both gnawing at the incisors and chewing at the molars. In particular, the masseter muscle is highly specialised, having extended anteriorly to originate from the rostrum. All living rodent... Read More