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Testing hypotheses of dietary reconstruction from buccal dental microwear in Australopithecus afarensis.
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PMID:  19875149     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A recent study of occlusal microwear in Australopithecus afarensis described this species as an opportunistic dweller, living in both forested and open environments and greatly relying on fallback resources and using fewer food-processing activities than previously suggested. In the present study, analysis of buccal microwear variability in a sample of A. afarensis specimens (n=75 teeth) showed no significant correlations with the ecological shift that took place around 3.5Ma in Africa. These results are consistent with the occlusal microwear data available. In fact, significant correlations between buccal and occlusal microwear variables were found. However, comparison of the buccal microwear patterns showed clear similarities between A. afarensis and those hominoid species living in somewhat open environments, especially the Cameroon gorillas. A diet based mainly on succulent fruits and seasonal fallback resources would be consistent with the buccal microwear patterns observed.
F Estebaranz; L M Mart?nez; J Galbany; D Turb?n; A P?rez-P?rez
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-10-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human evolution     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1095-8606     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Hum. Evol.     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-27     Completed Date:  2010-02-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0337330     Medline TA:  J Hum Evol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  739-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Secc. Antropologia, Department Biologia Animal, Fac. Biologia, Universitat de Barcelona, Avgda. Diagonal 645, 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Enamel / ultrastructure*
Tooth / ultrastructure*

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