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The other main morphological characteristic of artiodactyls is that the astragalus,
one of the bones in the ankle, has upper and lower rounded articulations (areas
of contact of bones) and no constricted neck, instead of simply one rounded ...
cutting edges of the lower canines being maintained by wear against the uppers.
Young camels retain the full complement of front teeth, with three incisors and
one canine in the upper and lower jaws; the upper incisors are extremely small.
They had somewhat piglike proportions, short faces, a large upper canine and a
caniniform first lower premolar, and selenodont molars. A close relative,
Agriochoerus, had clawed feet, the function of which remains uncertain.
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