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Palaeontology: early Neolithic tradition of dentistry.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16598247     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
A Coppa; L Bondioli; A Cucina; D W Frayer; C Jarrige; J-F Jarrige; G Quivron; M Rossi; M Vidale; R Macchiarelli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature     Volume:  440     ISSN:  1476-4687     ISO Abbreviation:  Nature     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-06     Completed Date:  2006-04-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410462     Medline TA:  Nature     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  755-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dipartimento BAU, Università La Sapienza, 00185 Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Enamel
History of Dentistry*
History, Ancient
Pakistan / ethnology

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