Palaeontology: early Neolithic tradition of dentistry.

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MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Coppa, A; Bondioli, L; Cucina, A; Frayer, D W; Jarrige, C; Jarrige, J-F; Quivron, G; Rossi, M; Vidale, M; Macchiarelli, R
Year of Publication: 2006
Journal: Nature
Volume: 440
Issue: 7085
Pagination: 755-6
Date Published: 2006 Apr 6
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1476-4687
Keywords: Culture, Dental Enamel, Female, Fossils, History of Dentistry, History, Ancient, Humans, Male, Pakistan, Tooth

Prehistoric evidence for the drilling of human teeth in vivo has so far been limited to isolated cases from less than six millennia ago. Here we describe eleven drilled molar crowns from nine adults discovered in a Neolithic graveyard in Pakistan that dates from 7,500-9,000 years ago. These findings provide evidence for a long tradition of a type of proto-dentistry in an early farming culture.

DOI: 10.1038/440755a
Alternate Journal: Nature
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