Cat-like carnivorous mammals represent a relatively homogeneous group of species whose morphology appears constrained by exclusive adaptations for meat eating. We present the most comprehensive data set of extant and extinct cat-like species to test for evolutionary transformations in size, shape and mechanical performance, that is, von Mises stress and surface traction, of the mandible. Size and shape were both quantified by means of geometric morphometrics, whereas mechanical performance was assessed applying finite element models to 2D geometry of the mandible.
Piras P, Maiorino L, Teresi L, Meloro C, Raia P, Lucci F, et al. (2013). Bite of the Cats: Relationships between Functional Integration and Mechanical Performance as Revealed by Mandible Geometry. SYSTEMATIC BIOLOGY, 62(6), 878-900 [10.1093/sysbio/syt053].