Interest in the nature of the interaction between plants and animals has a history, based largely on anecdotal natural history, that can be traced back to Aristotle. However, it was not until George Cuvier (at the beginning of the 19th century), and his more canalized functional interpretation of vertebrate form, that comparative studies took on the implications of, for example, the evidence for feeding preference exhibited in the structure of teeth and jaws in vertebrates. Among those involved in herbivory among vertebrates, by far the most instructive research lines follow from the examination of living forms, their mechanical and behavioural...

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