Measuring Bite Force from Skulls

Mar 06, 2013 - 02:49 - Tanya Dewey

An activity designed by Ben Wasleske and Sylia Bautista, students in a Mammalogy course taught by Dr. Chris Yahnke, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. The purpose of this lab activity is to use images of dog and cat skulls to calculate maximum estimated bite force. The activity uses Quaardvark and Image J, a free online photo tool. Attached as well is a spreadsheet with formulas to calculate maximum estimated bite force from measurements of skull dimensions taken with ImageJ from specimen images.