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

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9, Canada
Dent. J. 2017, 5(2), 19; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj5020019
Received: 22 March 2017 / Revised: 8 June 2017 / Accepted: 8 June 2017 / Published: 17 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current Concepts on Erosive Tooth Wear)
This paper reviews the surface ablation of early hominin teeth by attrition, abrasion, and erosive dental 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 dental evidence of lives lived. View Full-Text
Keywords: tooth wear; attrition; erosion; abrasion; palaeo-odontology tooth wear; attrition; erosion; abrasion; palaeo-odontology
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Sperber, G.H. Dental Wear: Attrition, Erosion, and Abrasion—A Palaeo-Odontological Approach. Dent. J. 2017, 5, 19.

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