Dental evidence for ontogenetic differences between modern humans and Neanderthals

  title={Dental evidence for ontogenetic differences between modern humans and Neanderthals},
  author={Tanya M. Smith and Paul Tafforeau and Donald J. Reid and Joane Pouech and Vincent Lazzari and John Paul Zermeno and Debbie Guatelli‐Steinberg and Anthony J. Olejniczak and Almut Hoffman and Jakov Radov{\vc}i{\'c} and Masrour Makaremi and Michel Toussaint and Chris B Stringer and Jean‐Jacques Hublin},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={20923 - 20928}
Humans have an unusual life history, with an early weaning age, long childhood, late first reproduction, short interbirth intervals, and long lifespan. In contrast, great apes wean later, reproduce earlier, and have longer intervals between births. Despite 80 y of speculation, the origins of these developmental patterns in Homo sapiens remain unknown. Because they record daily growth during formation, teeth provide important insights, revealing that australopithecines and early Homo had more… 

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