Latest Jaw Stories
The history of evolution is periodically marked by explosions in biodiversity, as groups of species try out a wide range of shapes and sizes. With a new analysis of two such adaptive radiations in the fossil record, researchers have discovered that these diversifications proceeded head-first.
A new study has found that many of the orthodontic problems faced by people in industrialized nations are due to their soft modern diet.
Scientists have identified a critical step in the evolution of filter-feeding whales' enormous mouths.
Researchers say a jawbone found in Kazakhstan gives more evidence towards the theory that giant birds roamed the Earth during the same time as the dinosaur.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that use over time and not just genetics informs the structure of jaw bones in human populations.
More than 99 per cent of modern vertebrates (animals with a backbone, including humans) have jaws, yet 420 million years ago, jawless, toothless armour-plated fishes dominated the seas, lakes, and rivers.
New research from Brown University shows that fish and mammals chew differently.
A fang-like tooth on double upper lips, spiny teeth on the tongue and a pulley-like mechanism to move the tongue backwards and forwards â€“ this bizarre bite belongs to a conodont and, thanks to a fresh fossil find, has now been analyzed and reconstructed by a Swiss-French research team headed by paleontologists from the University of Zurich.
A reptile that lived 275 million years ago in present day Oklahoma is giving paleontologists a glimpse of the oldest known toothache, predating by 200 million years the previous record for the earliest known evidence of tooth decay in a terrestrial vertebrate.
A half-billion years ago, vertebrates lacked the ability to chew their food.
The Angler, (Lophius piscatorius), also known as the Fishing-frog, Frog-fish, or Sea-devil, is a species of monkfish in the family Lophiidae. It is found in coastal waters of the northeast Atlantic, from the Barents Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. This species comprises a significant commercial fishery in parts of its range. The Angler has a very large, broad head that is flat and depressed. The rest of the body appears to be a mere appendage. The wide...