A model of digestive tooth corrosion in lizards: experimental tests and taphonomic implications

Krister T. Smith, Orr Comay, Lutz Maul, Fabio Wegmüller, Jean-Marie Le Tensorer & Tamar Dayan
Abstract Corrosion patterns induced by gastric fluids on the skeleton of prey animals may depend on the nature of the corrosive agents (acid, enzymes) as well as on the composition of the hard parts and the soft tissues that surround them. We propose a framework for predicting and interpreting corrosion patterns on lizard teeth, our model system, drawing on the different digestive pathways of avian and non-avian vertebrate predators. We propose that high-acid, low-enzyme systems...
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