Based on the TCMT, dental morphology is studied from an interdisciplinary viewpoint (biology, anthropology, dentistry, paleopathology, archeology, forensic science) because teeth can be used in the estimation of biological relationships between populations.
aragonensis by A.tricristatus in the Madrid Basin occurred during the Middle Miocene Climate Transition (MMCT) (Shackleton and Kennet, 1975; Zachos et al., 2001; Shevenell et al., 2004) and is marked by a change in dental morphology. Therefore, in order to infer changes in diet associated to a shift in the environment, we checked for correlations on microwear features between the two different morphologies of the species.
Dental microwear analysis (DMA) is a valuable means of dietary reconstruction for extant and extinct animals because it provides insight independent of dental morphology. It was employed to elucidate the diet of the extinct Late Pleistocene Flat-headed Peccary, Platygonus compressus.