Bite Force Of Human



Bite forces are determined by the size and power of the muscles that close the jaw. Animals with larger bites generally have more force behind them. Estimates of human bite force 162 pounds per square inch.

That may not seem very impressive when compared to the bite force of some animals, but it is more than enough to crush a can or bite into an apple. 

Elephants can generate over 2,175 PSI, which is enough to easily crush a human skull. The American crocodile can generate up to 5,000 pounds per square inch, while the great white shark can generate up to 4,000 psi. Surprisingly, the has a bite force that rivals that of the great white shark with a force of up to 1,100 psi. 


Humans do not have powerful jaws. Beaver teeth are the strongest in the animal kingdom, capable of producing over 180 psi. Cows and horses may also produce pressures in excess of 500 psi. In reality, all ungulates (hooved animals) have very large bite forces because their teeth grind down rather than rip apart food.

So what does all this mean? It means that if you are ever confronted by an animal with a powerful bite, you had best hope that it is of the herbivorous variety. Otherwise, you might be in for a world of hurt.


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