Biology 2010 Student Edition

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 9780133669510
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Chapter 27, Animal Systems I - Standardized Test Prep - Page 805: 2



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The examination of an animal's teeth can tell us if an animal is an herbivore or a carnivore. The differences in the teeth of these two types of consumers lies in the shape of the canines and molars. The canines of carnivores are more pronounced, sharper, and pointier than those of herbivores, whose canines are less pointy or are absent altogether. The molars of herbivores are well-developed, broad and flattened, designed to grind tough plant products. Carnivores have molars with sharper edges that act like scissors to slice up meat.
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