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Explain how various teeth adapt mammals for nutrition

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  • Incisor; sharp; chisel-shaped; for biting; and cutting food; one root for support in the jaw bone;
  • Canines; long; sharp; pointed; for holding prey; piercing; and tearing flesh from prey; single root; for support in the jaw bone;
  • Premolars; large/wide; to increase surface area for grinding food; highly cusped; to increase surface area for grinding food; two roots; for firm support/anchorage in the jaw bone;
  • Molars; large/wide; to increase surface area for grinding food; highly cusped; to increase surface area for grinding food;
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