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Zoology

2013

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Deciduous dentition

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Geographic Variation In Nonmetric Dental Traits Of The Deciduous Molars Of Pan And Gorilla, Anna Hardin, Scott Legge Dec 2012

Geographic Variation In Nonmetric Dental Traits Of The Deciduous Molars Of Pan And Gorilla, Anna Hardin, Scott Legge

Scott Legge

Physical anthropologists often use nonmetric dental traits to trace the movement of human populations, but similar analysis of the teeth of nonhuman primates or the deciduous teeth is rare. Because nonmetric dental characteristics are manifestations of genetic differences among groups, they vary among geographically distant members of the same species and subspecies. We use 28 nonmetric dental traits in the deciduous molars to compare genetically and geographically distinct groups of extant African apes (Gorilla and Pan). Previous researchers have studied these traits in the adult or juvenile teeth of great apes and humans, and we score our observations according to ...