Callum Ross researches the function and evolution of primate feeding systems using comparative, in-vivo, and modeling studies of musculoskeletal and neural systems.
What does feeding system morphology tell us about feeding?
Article first published online: 20 JUN 2014
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Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 105–120, May/June 2014
How to Cite
Ross, C. F. and Iriarte-Diaz, J. (2014), What does feeding system morphology tell us about feeding?. Evol. Anthropol., 23: 105–120. doi: 10.1002/evan.21410
Jose Iriarte-Diaz is a functional morphologist interested in the biomechanical performance of biological systems, such as vertebrate feeding and animal locomotion.
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2014
- Article first published online: 20 JUN 2014
- bone strain;
- feeding ecology;
- feeding behavior
Feeding is the set of behaviors whereby organisms acquire and process the energy required for survival and reproduction. Thus, feeding system morphology is presumably subject to selection to maintain or improve feeding performance. Relationships among feeding system morphology, feeding behavior, and diet not only explain the morphological diversity of extant primates, but can also be used to reconstruct feeding behavior and diet in fossil taxa. Dental morphology has long been known to reflect aspects of feeding behavior and diet but strong relationships of craniomandibular morphology to feeding behavior and diet have yet to be defined.