Forensic implications of the variation in morphology of marginal serrations on the teeth of the great white shark

Nambiar, P. and Brown, K.A. and Bridges, T.E. (1996) Forensic implications of the variation in morphology of marginal serrations on the teeth of the great white shark. Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology, 14 (1). pp. 2-8. ISSN 0258414X,


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The teeth of the Great White Shark have been examined to ascertain whether there is any commonality in the arrangement or number of the marginal serrations (peaks) or, indeed, whether individual sharks have a unique pattern of shapes or size of the peaks. The teeth of the White Shark are characteristic in size and shape with serrations along almost the entire mesial and distal margins. This study has revealed no consistent pattern of size or arrangement of the marginal serrations that was sufficiently characteristic within an individual shark to serve as a reliable index of identification of a tooth as originating from that particular shark. Nonetheless, the serrations are sufficiently distinctive to enable the potential identification of an individual tooth as having been the cause of a particular bitemark.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 5 Export Date: 30 September 2012 Source: Scopus- CODEN: JFOSE PubMed ID: 9227074 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Nambiar, P.; The Forensic Odontology Unit, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carcharodon carcharias Identification Shark bites Sharks Teeth animal tissue article bite forensic identification forensic science morphology nonhuman priority journal shark tooth Animals Bites and Stings Dentition Forensic Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of General Dental Practice And Oral & Maxillofacial Imaging
Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 02:20
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2012 02:20

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