Raw data from: Differentiating siliceous particulate matter in the diets of mammalian herbivores

Luke Fannin, Elise Laugier, Adam Van Casteren, Sabrina Greenwood & Nathaniel Dominy
1. Silica is crucial to terrestrial plant life and geochemical cycling on Earth. It is also implicated in the evolution of mammalian teeth, but there is debate over which type of siliceous particle has exerted the strongest selective pressure on tooth morphology. 2. Debate revolves around the amorphous silica bodies (phytoliths) in plants and forms of siliceous grit––i.e., crystalline quartz (sand, soil, dust)––on plant surfaces. The problem is that conventional measures of silica often quantify...
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