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The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth: Dental Morphology and Its Variation in Recent and Fossil Homo sapiens

New Edition

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 79

By: G Richard Scott(Author), Christy G Turner II(Author), Grant C Townsend(Author), María Martinón-Torres(Author)

450 pages, 209 b/w illustrations, 1 map, 20 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2018 | Edition: 2 | #237980 | ISBN-13: 9781316626481
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Hardback | Mar 2018 | Edition: 2 | #237979 | ISBN-13: 9781107174412
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About this book

All humans share certain components of tooth structure, but show variation in size and morphology around this shared pattern. The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth presents a worldwide synthesis of the global variation in tooth morphology in recent populations. Research has advanced on many fronts since The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth of the first edition, which has become a seminal work on the subject. This revised and updated edition introduces new ideas in dental genetics and ontogeny and summarizes major historical problems addressed by dental morphology. The detailed descriptions of 29 dental variables are fully updated with current data and include details of a new web-based application for using crown and root morphology to evaluate ancestry in forensic cases. A new chapter describes what constitutes a modern human dentition in the context of the hominin fossil record.

Reviews of the first edition:

"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



1. Dental Anthropology and Morphology
2. Description and Classification of Permanent Crown and Root Traits
3. Biological Considerations: Ontogeny, Asymmetry, Sex Dimorphism, and Inter-Trait Association
4. Genetics of Morphological Trait Expression
5. Geographic Variation in Tooth Crown and Root Morphology
6. Establishing Method and Theory for Using Dental Morphology in Reconstructions of Human Population History
7. Dental Morphology and Population History
8. Fossil Hominin Dental Morphology with a Focus on Homo sapiens

Appendix: Tables of Data

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