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Question: Why did birds lose their teeth?
I once learned that losing teeth was a weight-saving measure and thus
a flight adaptation. There is this reference stating this as a possibility
However, I seem to remember that there was some study showing that
birds actually do not lose signifcant weight by replacing teeth with
beaks - if anybody has a reference on this, I'd be grateful.
Thanks a lot,
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Martin Bäker
Institut für Werkstoffe
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Langer Kamp 8
Tel.: 00-49-531-391-3065 <=== NEW phone number!