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Nature. 2006 Apr 6;440(7085):755-6.

Palaeontology: early Neolithic tradition of dentistry.

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Dipartimento BAU, Università La Sapienza, 00185 Rome, Italy.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
16598247
DOI:
10.1038/440755a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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