My animal was in another world . It had bones, teeth made of tungsten. It lives in shallow environment. What would the bite force of my tungsten reinforced animal teeth ( assuming it is plausible)?

  • $\begingroup$ Metallic tungsten? Or a compound akin to calcium in hydroxyapatite? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…. $\endgroup$
    – DWKraus
    Jun 19 at 13:26
  • $\begingroup$ Metallic tungsten only $\endgroup$
    – Mmm Nmm
    Jun 19 at 13:27
  • $\begingroup$ What is tungsten? $\endgroup$
    – Daron
    Jun 19 at 14:43
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    $\begingroup$ bite force has little to do with teeth and everything to do with muscle and jaw leverage, also what is a "shallow environment" $\endgroup$
    – John
    Jun 19 at 14:43
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    $\begingroup$ VTC Needs Details. Bite force is about muscles, not the material used to make the teeth. The material for the teeth only matters if the muscles are strong enough. Worse, though, is that any material can be shattered or crushed, so we need to also know the dimensions of the teeth. There's not enough information here to answer the question. But, more to the point, why do you need to know? Are you writing a story and expecting a materials scientist to take the time to prove your choice? $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Jun 19 at 20:03

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Most of mammals' teeth are made of the same material, yet the bite force between a gorilla, a human, a mouse and a wolf varies wildly.

The same will be in your case: more than the material of which the teeth are made of, it depends on the use case for which those teeth have evolved: a carnivore will need more force than an herbivore.

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    $\begingroup$ "a carnivore will need more force than an herbivore" - unless the main diet of the herbivore consists of fruits with very hard shells it cracks open with its teeth. $\endgroup$
    – vsz
    Jun 20 at 6:28

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