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Re: A question about tooth enamel and drawing dietary conclusions
Dietry changes don't even have to be that rapid. Take giant pandas for
example. Their dentition doesn't exactly scream 'specialised bamboo
If we only knew them from fossil remains (and only from cranial material),
who would guess their 'true' dietry preferences?
Well, we _would_ find out that they're much less carnivorous than the
average brown bear. It is easy to follow just from teeth how the cave bears
became more and more adapted to herbivory.
Anyone have a photo or drawing of a panda dentition handy...?