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The Mammalian Jaw
A Mechanical Analysis

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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107016224

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  • Mammalian skull structure is notably diverse; however at a basic level the jaw mechanism is remarkably similar, if not essentially the same, in the majority of mammals. Using simple models that are compared with real animals at every step, this book examines the basic structural features of the mammalian jaw mechanism from a mechanical point of view. It explores how the mechanical constraints placed on the jaw have contributed to the evolution of an efficient basic structure, used by many mammals, which precludes mechanical difficulties and uses a minimum amount of bone tissue. Throughout the book the emphasis is on conceptual understanding, with explanations linked together to form a complete story that can be applied to both fossil and extant mammals. Summarising over forty years of research from one of the leading pioneers in 3D jaw mechanics, this is a must-have for anyone interested in mammalian jaw morphology.

    • Uses simple 2D and 3D models – allows the reader to concentrate on problems rather than techniques
    • 'How' and 'why' questions are examined – stresses conceptual understanding for readers not familiar with the field
    • Concepts can be applied to both fossil and recent mammals
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    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107016224
    • length: 126 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. The jaw viewed as a two-dimensional lever
    2. The jaw viewed as a three-dimensional lever
    3. Vector inclination and joint location
    4. Skull torsion and the postorbital bar
    General summary
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Walter Stalker Greaves, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Walter Stalker Greaves is a retired affiliate of the Department of Oral Biology, University of Illinois, Chicago. He spent his career teaching anatomy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and human gross anatomy in the College of Dentistry, University of Illinois, Chicago. His research concentrated on the mammalian jaw mechanism, using very simple mechanical models to explain how the jaw works and why the jaw mechanism has evolved to essentially the same basic structure.

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