hypsodont


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hypsodont

[′hip·sə‚dänt]
(vertebrate zoology)
Of teeth, having crowns that are high or deep and roots that are short.
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Pronghorns have strongly hypsodont molars early in life, but in advanced age roots develop.
Kurten & Anderson (1980) stated that "the hypsodont teeth were adapted to chew coarse vegetation, and the dentition suggests browsing habits.
However, the hypsodont dentition of both aurochs and cattle is more suited to grasses, rather than forbs or tree leaves, than is that of red deer.
The hypsodont molars of the lower jaws often fall out of the alveoli, but the splayed roots of the p4 and the long arc of the incisor commonly permit those teeth of Perognathus and Chaetodipus to stay in place.
These vegetational shifts are correlated with the rise in South America of mammals with hypsodont teeth adapted to grazing (Stebbins, 1981).