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

  • Unique analysis of variation in teeth on a global scale
  • Richly illustrated with informative pictures
  • Relevant to hot topic of modern human origins

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 20

By: G Richard Scott and Christy G Turner II

382 pages, 45 b/w photos, 46 line illus, 17 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2000 | #156156 | ISBN: 0521784530
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Hardback | Apr 1997 | #61199 | ISBN: 0521455081
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About this book

This book presents the first worldwide synthesis of the global variation in tooth structure in recent populations. It describes the methods and assumptions used by dental anthropologists, discusses the genetic basis of nonmetric dental traits, portrays the geographic variation of tooth crown and root traits, analyzes dental variation on a global scale paralleling major genetic and craniometric analyses. The book illustrates more than 30 tooth crown and root traits and reviews their biological and genetic underpinnings.

"I found this book an absolute delight [...] it was packed with useful and interesting material."
- D. R. Johnson, Dentomaxillofacial Radiology

"[...] a book that will interest a general biological anthropological readership as well as those involved in the study of modern human teeth."
- Journal of Biosocial Science

"[...] the first worldwide synthesis of the global variation in tooth structure in recent population."
- Human Evolution


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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