Re: canine reduction and mastication

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Thu, 23 Feb 1995 10:20:29 -0500

See? Just a matter of psychoendocrinology
On Thu, 23 Feb 1995, JEROME H.
BARKOW wrote:

> This thread does bring back memories, only not enough of them! As far
> as I know, it was Clifford Jolly who first proposed the idea that
> canines were reduced in response to selection for more efficient
> chewing. See: Jolly, Clifford J. 1970. The Seed-Eaters: A New
> Model of Hominid Differentiation Based on a Baboon Analogy. Man, 5,5.
> I vaguely remember that, as Holloway suggests, the model was discarded
> when it turned out that there were primate species that combined
> seed-eating with large canines. Unfortunately, I can't locate any
> references to this part of the story.
> (Of course, the New Age explanation for canine reduction is that
> individuals with large canines, despite concomitant capacity for
> repeated metamorphosis, extreme longevity and incredible ability to
> overcome traumatic injury, have largely been wiped out by
> heart-seeking stakes and silver bullets.)
> Jerry Barkow