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Insights into the Ecology and Evolutionary Success of Crocodilians Revealed through Bite-Force and Tooth-Pressure Experimentation

  • Gregory M. Erickson mail,

    gerickson@bio.fsu.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

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  • Paul M. Gignac,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

    Current address: Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, New York, United States of America

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  • Scott J. Steppan,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

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  • A. Kristopher Lappin,

    Affiliation: Biological Sciences Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, United States of America

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  • Kent A. Vliet,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • John D. Brueggen,

    Affiliation: St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, St. Augustine, Florida, United States of America

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  • Brian D. Inouye,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

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  • David Kledzik,

    Affiliation: St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, St. Augustine, Florida, United States of America

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  • Grahame J. W. Webb

    Affiliation: Wildlife Management International, Karama, and School of Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territories, Australia

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  • Published: March 14, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031781
  • Published in PLOS ONE

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Media Coverage of This Article

Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 16 Mar 2012 at 22:10 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: New York Times
Title: “Broad or Dainty, Crocodile Snouts Pack Same Chomp - NYTimes.com”
http://www.nytimes.com/20...

Publication: CBBC Newsround
Title: “CBBC Newsround - Saltwater crocs have the strongest bite”
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Publication: National Geographic
Title: “Crocodiles Have Strongest Bite Ever Measured, Hands-on Tests Show”
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Publication: Zee News
Title: “Crocodiles have strongest bite of any living animal”
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Publication: Huffington Post UK
Title: “Crocodiles Have The Strongest Bite Force For Any Living Animal”
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Publication: EurekAlert
Title: “Crocodilians bite with the best”
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Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “'That's not a bite, mate': Australian saltwater crocodiles have world's most ferocious jaws - snapping shut with two-ton force that makes Great Whites look toothless | Mail Online”
http://www.dailymail.co.u...

Publication: UKPA
Title: “The Press Association: Crocodiles have strongest bite”
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Title: “University researchers estimate bite force of dinosaurs | St Augustine St Johns County Florida Local News”
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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 23 Mar 2012 at 20:22 GMT

Publication: The Age
Title: “Croc smile comes with scariest of bites”
http://www.theage.com.au/...

Publication: International Business Times
Title: “Crocodile Bite is Strongest among Any Living Animal: 5 Other Animals With Strong Bites [PHOTOS]”
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/...

Publication: UPI
Title: “UPI NewsTrack Science and Technology News - UPI.com”
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Publication: io9
Title: “Ancient crocodiles could bite even harder than a T. Rex”
http://io9.com/5893302/cr...

Publication: Sun Sentinel
Title: “Saltwater crocodile trumps American alligator in bite force - Sun Sentinel”
http://articles.sun-senti...

Publication: St. Augustine Record
Title: “Multi-year study shows that crocodilians' bite is ferocious | StAugustine.com”
http://staugustine.com/ne...

Publication: UPI.com
Title: “Crocodiles are world-class chompers - UPI.com”
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Publication: The Florida State University
Title: “The Florida State University”
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Publication: Punjab Newsline
Title: “Meet the planet's most powerful biters | www.punjabnewsline.com&rd...
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Publication: Gizmodo Australia
Title: “‘If You Can Bench-Press A Pick-Up Truck, Then You Can Escape A Croc’s Jaws’ | Gizmodo Australia”
http://www.gizmodo.com.au...

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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 30 Mar 2012 at 18:05 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Stony Brook University News
Title: “Crocodiles Trump T.Rex as Heavyweight Bite-Force Champions”
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Publication: Fars News Agency
Title: “Fars News Agency :: Crocodiles Bite Harder Than T. Rex”
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