carnassial teeth


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carnassial teeth

the last premolar of the upper jaw and first molar of the lower jaw, which form cutting edges in many carnivorous mammals.
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The teeth that are fractured most frequently are the canines and large carnassial teeth. These teeth are important for chewing, proper tongue placement, and prehension of food.
Coyotes have forward-facing eyes for binocular vision, canines for puncturing flesh, and heavy carnassial teeth for crushing bones.
Canines and carnassial teeth are large, therefore their roots occupy a large volume of space within the mandible and maxilla.