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The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth: Dental Morphology and its Variation in Recent Human Populations / Edition 1

The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth: Dental Morphology and its Variation in Recent Human Populations / Edition 1

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521784535
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2000
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology , #20
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Prologue; 1. Dental anthropology and morphology; 2. Description and classification of permanent crown and root traits; 3. Biological considerations: ontogeny, asymmetry, sex dimorphism and intertrait association; 4. Genetics of morphological trait expression; 5. Geographic variation in toot crown and root morphology; 6. Establishing method and theory for using tooth morphology in reconstructions of late Pleistocene and Holocene human population history; 7. Tooth morphology and population history; Epilogue; Appendices; References; Index.

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