Omnivore

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The [[teeth]] of omnivorous [[tetrapod]]s are therefore less specialized than those of herbivores and carnivores. This allows them to both grind and tear food efficiently. The ability to do both is given by a mixture of sharp cutting teeth and flat grinding teeth. The human jaw structure is a well known example, as the [[incisors]] and [[canines]] are good for biting and the [[molars]] are good for grinding.  
The [[teeth]] of omnivorous [[tetrapod]]s are therefore less specialized than those of herbivores and carnivores. This allows them to both grind and tear food efficiently. The ability to do both is given by a mixture of sharp cutting teeth and flat grinding teeth. The human jaw structure is a well known example, as the [[incisors]] and [[canines]] are good for biting and the [[molars]] are good for grinding.  
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Omnivorous or partially herbivorous members of otherwise carnivorous taxa are sometimes called "'''hypocarnivores'''."  For example, the [[bamboo]]-eating giant panda, ''[[Ailuropoda melanoleuca]]'', is hypocarnivorous in comparison with other [[Ursidae]]s, while bears in general would be considered hypocarnivorous in comparison with canids.
==Credits==
==Credits==
{{wikipedia}} http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnivore
{{wikipedia}} http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnivore
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