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Dental Wear: Attrition, Erosion and Abrasion—A Palaeo-Odontological Approach

Version 1 : Received: 19 May 2017 / Approved: 22 May 2017 / Online: 22 May 2017 (07:36:30 CEST)

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Sperber, G.H. Dental Wear: Attrition, Erosion, and Abrasion—A Palaeo-Odontological Approach. Dent. J. 2017, 5, 19. Sperber, G.H. Dental Wear: Attrition, Erosion, and Abrasion—A Palaeo-Odontological Approach. Dent. J. 2017, 5, 19.

Journal reference: Dent. J. 2017, 5, 19
DOI: 10.3390/dj5020019

Abstract

A review of the surface ablation of hominin teeth by attrition, abrasion and erosive wear. The occurrence of these lesions is explored in a sample of South African fossil australopithecine dentitions revealing excessive wear. Interpretation of the nature of the dietary components causing such wear in the absence of carious erosion provides insight into the ecology of the Plio-pleistocene epoch (1-2 million years ago). Fossil teeth inform much of the living past by their retained evidence after death. Tooth wear is the ultimate forensic evidence of lives lived.

Subject Areas

tooth wear; attrition; erosion; abrasion; palaeo-odontology

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