Evolution: Herbivore-Type Teeth in a Cretaceous Tuatara Relative Academic Article uri icon


  • In a new study, LeBlanc and co-workers have discovered an unusually complex dentition in a fossil relative of the modern-day tuatara that features compound occlusal surfaces, thick and prismatic enamel, and a novel enamel-to-bone tooth attachment. This finding suggests that complex dentitions arose independently in several reptilian lineages.

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  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Diekwisch, T.

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  • 0

publication date

  • May 2020