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1 Intro to Teeth Chomp chomp chew

2 Naming teeth…

3 Animals’ teeth varies based on type of diet
Piscivores (fish eaters)-many pointy teeth Gar Carnivores (meat eaters)-serrated teeth or sharp beak or teeth to slice and swallow Eagle Barracuda Cougar

4 Herbivores (plant eaters)-Deer, horses, rodents & rabbits have flattened, nearly identical pre-molars & molars. These teeth have exposed enamel & dentine ridges on their surfaces to grind plants.  Rodents have ever-growing incisors for gnawing plants or wood. horse rabbit iguana

5 Durophagous (hard or shelled prey)-broadly rounded, short and conical
Caiman lizard Insectivores (insect eaters)-for hard-bodied insects, predators have V or W shaped teeth; for soft-bodied insects, teeth are reduced, insects are retrieved with tongue armadillo Planktivores (plankton eaters)-shovel-like bills or baleen Shoveler (bird) Baleen whale

6 Omnivores (plant and animal eaters)-
Primates (including humans) and pigs are good examples.   Pre-molars & molars have small cusps for grinding, but are not otherwise highly specialized.  Canines may be short or long & may be used for function unrelated to killing prey. primate pig Human

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