The Use of
Resources in Terrestrial Habitats
Based on functional morphological investigations it is possible to directly
correlate parameters of tooth wear with the availability of food in the habitat.
As different ungulate taxa eat a particular range of food components, the availability of food items
has an effect on the dietary signal. That is why dietary adaptations of hoofed mammals can be
used as indicators for the availability of food sources in an investigated habitat.
Thus reliable hypothesis about the availability and use of resources
in terrestrial habitats can be generated. It has become obvious, that some ungulates show
a high degree of flexibility as far as food selection is concerned. These opportunistic
feeders can be employed as a model in comparatively recording habitat
parameters and these parameters can be isolated in their function as motors of evolutionary