carnassial


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carnassial

[kär′nas·ē·əl]
(anatomy)
Of or pertaining to molar or premolar teeth specialized for cutting and shearing.
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Gittleman and Van Valkenburgh (1997) stated that dimorphism is more pronounced in both the upper and lower canine size and strength than in carnassial size, skull dimensions and biomechanical features, though all dimorphism indices covaried in that study.
The dimensions of the carnassial are close to those of Hecubides euryodon, although the tooth is more robust, in general it could correlate well with Bonisicyon illacabo (Fig.
Myacyon is close to Afrocyon, but the tendency to elongate the carnassials, in the case of the P4 in addition developing a strong parastyle, led to some of these forms being previously related to Agnotherium (Kurten, 1976; Morales and Pickford, 2005) but the retention of relatively large post-carnassial molars renders this proposal unlikely.
The carnassials are highly specialized as shearing blades in the hyenas, and the molars behind the camassials are reduced to mere remnants (COLBERT & MORALES, 1991).
Ursoidea characterized by a more primitive and complete dentition than that of the Ursidae, with developed premolars, a lingual cristid in the p4, relatively sharper and larger carnassials than in the Ursidae, protocone of P4 in mesial position, small talonid in the m1, upper molars always wider than long and presence of a premasseteric fossa in the more derived taxa.
The m1 is badly broken and the carnassial blade is missing but the talonid and rudimentary metaconid are preserved.
When catlike predators called felids arrive on their idyllic island, lead by a vicious hunter named Carnassial, Dusk must guide his companions to safety in a new environment.
Furthermore, the upper carnassial of this female is wider than those of female B.
Deciduous P3 and p4 function as carnassials, resembling permanent P4 and m1, respectively.