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Measurement of jaw viscoelasticity in newborn and adult lesser spotted dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula (L., 1758)

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Jaw viscoelasticity of newborn and adult lesser spotted dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula was measured using dynamic mechanical analysis. Jaws of newborn animals were significantly more viscoelastic than those of adults. As a result, newborn lesser spotted dogfish might be unable to consume hard prey items, unlike adults.
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Keywords: dogfish; dynamic mechanical analysis; jaw cartilage

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Division of Biology, School of Biology & Psychology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, U.K.

Publication date: 2008-04-01

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