Measuring the Toughness of Primate Foods and its Ecological Value

Show simple item record Lucas, Peter W. Copes, Lynn Constantino, Paul J. Vogel, Erin R. Chalk, Janine Talebi, Mauricio [UNIFESP] Landis, Mariana Wagner, Mark 2016-01-24T14:27:19Z 2016-01-24T14:27:19Z 2012-06-01
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Primatology. New York: Springer, v. 33, n. 3, p. 598-610, 2012.
dc.identifier.issn 0164-0291
dc.description.abstract The mechanical properties of plant foods play an important role in the feeding process, being one of many criteria for food acceptance or rejection by primates. One of the simplest justifications for this statement is the general finding that primates tend to avoid foods with high fiber. Although fiber is largely tasteless, odorless, and colorless, it imparts texture, a sensation in the mouth related to the physical properties of foods. All primates encounter such mechanical resistance when they bite into plant food, and studies on humans show that an incisal bite facilitates quick oral assessment of a property called toughness. Thus, it is feasible that primates make similar assessments of quality in this manner. Here, we review methods of measuring the toughness of primate foods, which can be used either for making general surveys of the properties of foods available to primates or for establishing the mechanisms that protect these foods from the evolved form of the dentition. en
dc.format.extent 598-610
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal of Primatology
dc.rights Acesso restrito
dc.subject Fiber content en
dc.subject Methods en
dc.subject Plant cell walls en
dc.subject Primate feeding toughness en
dc.title Measuring the Toughness of Primate Foods and its Ecological Value en
dc.type Artigo
dc.contributor.institution Kuwait Univ
dc.contributor.institution Arizona State Univ
dc.contributor.institution Coll Sci
dc.contributor.institution Rutgers State Univ
dc.contributor.institution George Washington Univ
dc.contributor.institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
dc.contributor.institution Promuriqui Assoc
dc.description.affiliation Kuwait Univ, Dept Bioclin Sci, Fac Dent, Safat 13110, Kuwait
dc.description.affiliation Arizona State Univ, Sch Human Evolut & Social Change, Tempe, AZ 85287 USA
dc.description.affiliation Coll Sci, Dept Biol Sci, Huntington, WV 25755 USA
dc.description.affiliation Rutgers State Univ, Dept Anthropol, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
dc.description.affiliation George Washington Univ, Ctr Adv Study Hominid Paleobiol, Dept Anthropol, Washington, DC 20052 USA
dc.description.affiliation Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Dept Ciencias Biol, BR-09972270 Diadema, SP, Brazil
dc.description.affiliation Promuriqui Assoc, BR-18230000 Sao Miguel Arcanjo, SP, Brazil
dc.description.affiliation George Washington Univ, Sch Engn & Appl Sci, Washington, DC 20052 USA
dc.description.affiliationUnifesp Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Dept Ciencias Biol, BR-09972270 Diadema, SP, Brazil
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10764-011-9540-9
dc.description.source Web of Science
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000304704200006


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