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Contemporary Dentistry

Amazing Animal Teeth

What We Can Learn from Koala Teeth

Koalas may look cute, but they live a hard life. Not only are they riddled with disease and stereotyped as lazy – mostly due to their nutrient-starved diet – koalas typically don’t even die of old age; they usually die of starvation.

Koalas are one of the few animals that survive solely on a diet of […]

CT Scans Help Reveal Secrets of Whale Teeth and Jaws

We live in a truly remarkable age of technology. Not only can we use dental implants to replace lost teeth, but with the amazing power of cone beam CT (computed tomography), we can get detailed images of your jawbone before surgery that lets us plan […]

The Real Rockbiters: How Parrotfish Crunch Coral

In the nostalgic classic film The Neverending Story, one of the engaging minor characters is a rockbiter, a giant who lives by eating rocks (and whose messy eating habits cause trouble for his friends). The rockbiter was designed to seem alien and his habits are supposed to seem fantastic.

But eating rock isn’t really that […]

Whale “Teeth” and Our Own

Blue whales are the largest animals to have ever lived on our planet.

With hearts the size of a car, and tongues that weigh as much as an elephant, their incredible evolutionary development has long been of interest to scientists. Like many of their biological relatives, blue whales didn’t start as giants, but developed […]

The Remarkable Reasons Beavers Can Chew Down Trees with Their Teeth

Wild Beaver

In 1975, the beaver was named the official state animal of New York. The decision was not without controversy, because the animal had already been claimed by Oregon 6 years prior. However, legislators and the governor felt that the animal’s ties to New York were too strong […]