The function of fangs

Fangs, the canine teeth, are important in many species for feeding, or for behavioural use, like fighting. Little is known about how the shape of these teeth related to either diet or behaviour. Using 3D scans of many species of mammals, the project would aim to study the shape of the canines and correlate shape and size with diet and behaviour. Once the modern mammal dataset is build, it will be used to investigate some extinct species, like the Riversleigh fanged kangaroo, Balbaroo fangaroo. Statistical knowledge and use of R will be essential for this project. Contact Kenny Travouillon at the Western Australian Museum.

SCI Balbaroo fangaroo
Riversleigh fanged kangaroo, Balbaroo fangaroo