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Tooth Development in Human Evolution and Bioarchaeology

Addresses key questions in palaeoanthropology and bioarchaeology over the uniquely slow pace of human growth and the developmental consequences of biological and social transitions
Provides in one place the dental histology background to anthropological studies of both growth rate and growth disruption, integrating two important fields of study
Critically reviews existing studies in the context of human evolution and primate development more generally, together with implications for life history

By: Simon Hillson (Author)

307 pages, 91 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 37 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Mar 2014 | #208976 | ISBN-13: 9781107011335
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About this book

Human children grow at a uniquely slow pace by comparison with other mammals. When and where did this schedule evolve? Have technological advances, farming and cities had any effect upon it? Addressing these and other key questions in palaeoanthropology and bioarchaeology, Simon Hillson examines the unique role of teeth in preserving detailed microscopic records of development throughout childhood and into adulthood. The text critically reviews theory, assumptions, methods and literature, providing the dental histology background to anthropological studies of both growth rate and growth disruption. Chapters also examine existing studies of growth rate in the context of human evolution and primate development more generally, together with implications for life history. The final chapters consider how defects in the tooth development sequence shed light on the consequences of biological and social transitions, contributing to our understanding of the evolution of modern human development and cognition.


Contents

Acknowledgements

1. Why development and why teeth?
2. Development schedule, body size and brain size
3. How teeth grow in living primates
4. Microscopic markers of growth in dental tissues
5. Building dental development sequences
6. Human evolution, pace of development and life history
7. Dental markers of disease and malnutrition
8. Health, stress, evolution, the rise of agriculture and towns
9. Conclusion

Appendix A Tables
Appendix B Technical information

References
Index


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Biography

Simon Hillson is Professor of Bioarchaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He has over 35 years of experience in teaching and research in dental anthropology, with research focussing on the development and diseases of teeth and the ways in which these can shed light on the way of life of people in the past. His previous books include Teeth (second edition, 2005) and Dental Anthropology (1996).

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