Dental Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural Contexts

  • ID: 4745970
  • Book
  • 300 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Dental Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural Contexts provides a single source for disseminating the current state-of-the-art research regarding dental wear across a variety of hominoid species under a number of temporal and spatial contexts. The volume begins with a brief introductory chapter addressing the general history, understandings and approaches to the study of dental wear. Remaining chapters cover dental macrowear and dental microwear. Students and professionals in anthropology, specifically paleoanthropologists, bioarcheologists, archaeologists, and primatologists will find this book to be a valuable resource. In addition, it is a helpful guide for dentists and other dental professionals interested in dental function.

  • Covers a wide range of topics, including method and theory, macrowear and microwear in primates, and fossil hominins
  • Highlights several recent technological innovations, including occlusal fingerprinting, considerations of enamel mechanical properties, and microwear texture
  • Includes case studies from archaeological populations
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1. An Introduction to Dental Wear
2. Dental Macrowear in Catarrhine Primates
3. Diet and Cultural Diversity in Neanderthals and Modern Humans from Dental Macrowear
4. Macrowear and Tooth Enamel Mechanical Properties
5. The Effects of Aberrant Tooth Wear on Occlusal Relationships
6. Dental Wear and Functional Occlusion in Clinical and Evolutionary Contexts
7. Comparing Dental Macrowear to Microwear Texture Analysis
8. Dental Microwear Texture Analysis among Modern Primates
9. Dental Microwear Texture Analysis in Early Hominins
10. Interpreting High Anisotropy among Mediterranean Neanderthals
11. Dental Microwear Texture Analysis and Meat Consumption
12. Dental Microwear Texture Analysis in Bioarchaeology
13. Dental Microwear Texture Analysis in Ancient Israel
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Schmidt, Christopher W.
Dr. Schmidt is a biological anthropologist and Eastern Woodlands archeologist. His research interests include dental anthropology, skeletal biology, dietary reconstruction, subsistence, and human-paleofauna interactions. As director of the Indiana Prehistory Laboratory, Dr. Schmidt is active in his field and works to get his students involved in fieldwork and research. He has published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the Journal of Forensic Science, and Indiana Archeology. He is also President of the Indiana Archeology Council. Dr. Schmidt is co-author of The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, Second Edition published by Elsevier.
Watson, James T.
Dr. Watson's research examines health and disease in prehistoric populations through their skeletal remains. He is specifically interested in understanding prehistoric human adaptations in desert ecosystems and the role local resources play in the adoption of agriculture and their impact on health. His current projects involve the excavation and analysis of the earliest farmers in the Sonoran Desert and of incipient agriculturalists in the Atacama Desert, along the northern coast of Chile.
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