Primate chewing biomechanics revisited


The Meeting of the german Working Group in Vertebrate Paleontology has been held during the weekend of the 12th and 13th of March in the nice fortress Burg Lichtenberg. The castle was built around 1200 and has a length of 425m and is the biggest castle ruin in Germany. It is located near Thallichtenberg in the district of Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate. 

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I presented the first and preliminary results about the biomechanics of primate jaw analysed using a classical two-dimensional lever approach together with a Finite Element Model. The motivation of this work is because  Biomechanics and forces as well as properties of teeth are demonstrated to be crucial to understand diet, dental functional traits and evolution in primates in general. My presentation was entitled “Primate chewing biomechanics revisited” because I´m revisiting a known knowledge and a known approach but through my point of view. Let´s see if it works! 

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