Herbivore teeth and climate variability

Analysis of teeth from large herbivorous mammals in 13 Kenyan national parks and local environmental conditions over the past 60 years reveals that dental traits can help estimate local climate and environmental variables, and that the traits are particularly sensitive to limiting living conditions, suggesting that functional traits of herbivore teeth may reflect the unavailability of preferred foods during periods of unfavorable climate. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-09409: “Herbivore teeth predict climatic limits in Kenyan ecosystems,” by Indrė Žliobaitė et al.