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The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth

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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Date Published: June 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521784535

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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.

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

    "This is a pivotal, groundbreaking book. The authors represent two of the most influencial dental morphologists of the last three decades, and this volume illustrates the culmination of their efforts." Journal of Anthropological Research

    "...this book comprises an invaluable source of methodological guidance and comparative data for students and practitioners of dental trait studies." Ann L. W. Stodder, The Quarterly Review of Biology

    "...the strengths...lie in the references and data it contains." John T. Mayhall, American Anthropologist

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    • Date Published: June 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521784535
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 91 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Authors

    G. Richard Scott, Arizona State University

    Christy G. Turner, Arizona State University

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