A Companion to Dental Anthropology by Joel D. Irish, G. Richard Scott

By Joel D. Irish, G. Richard Scott

Companion to Dental Anthropology provides a suite of unique readings addressing all elements and sub-disciplines of the sector of dental anthropology—from its origins and evolution via to the most recent medical research.

  • Represents the main entire insurance of all sub-disciplines of dental anthropology on hand today
  • Features person chapters written by means of  specialists of their particular region of dental research
  • Includes authors who additionally current effects from their examine via case reports or voiced evaluations approximately their work
  • Offers broad insurance of themes with regards to dental evolution, morphometric edition, and pathology

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While amphibians usually have fewer, they often have more than are typical for reptiles. Mammals tend to have fewer still. To be sure, there are many exceptions to these trends. Some species in each group have a reduced number of teeth, or have lost them entirely, and others have more. The spinner origins and functions of teeth 25 dolphin, for example, has up to 260 teeth in the mouth at once, a respectable number even by the standards of many non‐mammalian vertebrates. Nevertheless, over deep time a trend toward decreasing numbers within our lineage seems clear.

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Micro‐CT—a non‐destructive technique that allows a detailed three‐dimensional image of the enamel–dentine junction, especially useful in studying rare fossil hominin teeth. Microwear analysis—advanced methods for microscopic examination of crown wear. Dental calculus—underappreciated yet ubiquitous material in the dentition that has recently yielded information on plant phytoliths, starches, microbial DNA, and stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes. Future Directions All of the areas just listed are applicable to the array of subjects on which dental anthro­ pologists focus: fossil and living non‐human primates, fossil hominins, archaeologically derived skeletal remains, and modern human populations.

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