- one of a pair of membrane bones that in lower vertebrates form the distal part of the lower jaws and in mammals comprise the mandible.
Origin of dentary
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These are the articular, angular, dentary, and splenial (coronoid).A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
The dentary lies external to the angular and extends from the mentomecklian to approximately the mid-length of the angular.
The angular and dentary of the lower jaw appear concurrently with the dentigerous bones.
Lower jaw composed of dentary bone only, articulating only with the squamosal.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Such an insertion leaves unexplained the great dorsal production of the dentary, surangular and coronoid.