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Physiol Behav. 2006 Aug 30;89(1):36-8. Epub 2006 May 2.

A brief review of the recent evolution of the human mouth in physiological and nutritional contexts.

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Department of Anthropology, George Washington University, 2110 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA. pwlucas@gwu.edu

Abstract

One of the defining characteristics of humans, one that could also explain our species' success, is probably our ability to cook food. A brief review of the literature suggests several adaptations of the mouth can be interpreted to support this. All probably enhance the efficiency of the physical treatment of food in the mouth.

PMID:
16631213
DOI:
10.1016/j.physbeh.2006.03.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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