oa Madoqua - Dentition and age estimation of elephants in the Etosha National Park, Namibia
|Article Title||Dentition and age estimation of elephants in the Etosha National Park, Namibia|
|© Publisher:||Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism|
|Affiliations||1 Etosha Ecological Institute, Okaukuejo, Namibia|
|Publication Date||Jan 1991|
|Pages||17 - 25|
|Keyword(s)||Age distribution, Chronological age limits, Demographic parameters, Foramen mentale, Interpopulation differences, Laminae posterior and Supernumerary molar|
Variation in the number of laminae per molar, and in the number and position of foramina mentale in mandibles from elephants in the Etosha National Park rules out the use of referenced laminary counts for age estimation purposes. Premature loss of anterior molar fragments occurred in 18% of mandibles, as an additional source of confusion and subjectivity in the identification of age classes.
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