Journal of Mammalian Evolution
Dental ontogeny in Miocene rhinos
Fossil evidence of complete sequences of dental ontogeny in extinct mammals is rare but contains valuable information on the animal’s physiology, life history, and individual age. Here, we analyzed an exceptionally high number of juvenile dentaries at different developmental stages including highly fragile tooth germs of the extinct rhinoceros Prosantorhinus germanicus from the Miocene fossil lagerstätte Sandelzhausen in Germany.
Böhmer C, Heissig K, Rössner EG. 2015 Dental eruption series and replacement pattern in Miocene Prosantorhinus (Rhinocerotidae) as reveaed by macroscopy and X-ray: implications for ontogeny and mortality profile. Journal of Mammalian Evolution. DOI: 10.1007/s10914-015-9313-x.
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