The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth

The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth

Dental Morphology and Its Variation in Recent Human Populations

eBook - 1997
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Cambridge Univ Pr
Dental anthropologists focus on the variation around a commonly shared pattern, a variation expressed by differences in tooth size and morphology. This book centers on the morphological characteristics of tooth crowns and roots that are either present or absent in any given individual and that vary in frequency among populations. These nonmetric dental traits are controlled largely by genetic factors and provide a direct link between extinct and extant populations. The book illustrates more than thirty tooth crown and root traits and reviews their biological and genetic underpinnings. From a database of more than 30,000 individuals, the geographic variation of twenty-two crown and root traits is graphically portrayed. A global analysis of tooth morphology shows both points of agreement and disagreement with comparable analyses of genetic and craniometric data. These findings are relevant to the hotly contested issue of timing and geographic context of modern human origins.
global study of dental variation offering insights into modern human origins.

Publisher: Cambridge ;, New York :, Cambridge University Press,, 1997
ISBN: 9781316285039
1316285030
9781316529843
1316529843
9780521455084
0521455081
9780521784535
0521784530
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiii, 382 pages) : illustrations, map
Additional Contributors: Turner, Christy G.

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