Fractal dimensions characterizing mammal teeth: a case study involving Elephantidae
Version of Record online: 21 JAN 2005
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 123–128, January 2005
How to Cite
STONE, J. and TELFORD, M. (2005), Fractal dimensions characterizing mammal teeth: a case study involving Elephantidae. Mammal Review, 35: 123–128. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2907.2005.00054.x
- Issue online: 21 JAN 2005
- Version of Record online: 21 JAN 2005
- Submitted 18 May 2003; Returned for revision 6 August 2003; revision accepted 17 March 2004.
1. Dental features frequently have provided data for producing and deducing mammal taxonomies and phylogeny, yet quantitative or statistical analyses for describing intricacies that characterize tooth form are wanting.
2. A method for determining fractal dimensions D that characterize enamel ridges constituting occlusal surfaces for teeth in some mammal species is presented; D quantify complexity (i.e. convolution). The method is exemplified with an analysis that was conducted on teeth from the Family Elephantidae.