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  • Marc Verhaegen
    Microwear, mechanics and the feeding adaptations of Australopithecus africanus DS Strait cs 2011 JHE doi 10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.10.006 Recent studies of dental
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      Microwear, mechanics and the feeding adaptations of Australopithecus
      africanus
      DS Strait cs 2011 JHE doi 10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.10.006

      Recent studies of dental micro-wear & cranio-facial mechanics have yielded
      contradictory interpretations regarding the feeding ecology & adaptations of
      A.africanus.
      As part of this debate, the methods used in the mechanical studies have been
      criticized.
      In particular, it has been claimed that finite element analysis has been
      poorly applied to this research question.

      This paper responds to some of these mechanical criticisms, highlights
      limitations of dental microwear analysis, and identifies avenues of future
      research.




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