The action of the masticatory muscles and cranial changes in pigs as results of domestication

  • Alexandru Dinu Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Keywords: differential feeding, masticatory muscles, biomechanical stress

Abstract

The comparative study of wild boar and domestic pig skulls suggests that a change in feeding habits under human control may have been a factor influencing the action of the masticatory and neck muscles in reshaping the cranial region. This paper offers both an anatomical and an osteological comparative morphological argument supporting this hypothesis.

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Published
2009-12-31
How to Cite
DinuA. (2009). The action of the masticatory muscles and cranial changes in pigs as results of domestication. Documenta Praehistorica, 36, 207-218. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.36.13
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