Dental Ontogeny in Pliocene and Early Pleistocene Hominins

  title={Dental Ontogeny in Pliocene and Early Pleistocene Hominins},
  author={Tanya M. Smith and Paul Tafforeau and Adeline Le Cabec and Anne Bonnin and Alexandra Houssaye and Joane Pouech and Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi and Fredrick Kyalo Manthi and Carol Ward and Masrour Makaremi and Colin G. Menter},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Until recently, our understanding of the evolution of human growth and development derived from studies of fossil juveniles that employed extant populations for both age determination and comparison. This circular approach has led to considerable debate about the human-like and ape-like affinities of fossil hominins. Teeth are invaluable for understanding maturation as age at death can be directly assessed from dental microstructure, and dental development has been shown to correlate with life… CONTINUE READING
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