By Joel D. Irish, G. Richard Scott

Companion to Dental Anthropology offers a set of unique readings addressing all points and sub-disciplines of the sphere of dental anthropology—from its origins and evolution via to the most recent medical research.

  • Represents the main accomplished insurance of all sub-disciplines of dental anthropology on hand today
  • Features person chapters written by way of  specialists of their particular quarter of dental research
  • Includes authors who additionally current effects from their study via case reports or voiced critiques approximately their work
  • Offers huge insurance of subject matters on the subject of dental evolution, morphometric edition, and pathology

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Some species in each group have a reduced number of teeth, or have lost them entirely, and others have more. The spinner origins and functions of teeth 25 dolphin, for example, has up to 260 teeth in the mouth at once, a respectable number even by the standards of many non‐mammalian vertebrates. Nevertheless, over deep time a trend toward decreasing numbers within our lineage seems clear. Other differences among higher‐level vertebrate taxa include tooth location and generation number (see Butler 1995).

R. Lukacs. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon Anthropological Papers, No. 54, pp. 421–441. M. (1937). Studies of the Mammalian Dentition. I. The Teeth of Centetes ecaudatus and Its Allies. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, B107: 103–132. M. (1939). Studies of the Mammalian Dentition: Differentiation of the Post‐Canine Dentition. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, B109: 1–36. A. ) (1978). Development, Function and Evolution of Teeth. New York: Academic Press. D. (1925).

Dean, R. G. Kinzey, J. Sirianni, A. H. Smith, and others, developed new insights into the variation and development of primate teeth. Topics explored included tooth combs in prosimians, developmental rates, growth disturbances, enamel thickness, canine honing, microwear analysis, and the interaction of crown morphology and dietary behavior. This foundation set the stage for problem‐oriented research on tooth form, function, and evolution for diverse ­primate species. In 1985, during the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) in Knoxville, TN, researchers who focused on teeth listed more than 150 anthropologists and dentists with teaching and research interests in the field.

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