Palaeontology: Early Neolithic tradition of dentistry

  title={Palaeontology: Early Neolithic tradition of dentistry},
  author={A. Coppa and L. Bondioli and A. Cucina and D. Frayer and C. Jarrige and J. Jarrige and G. Quivron and M. Rossi and M. Vidale and R. Macchiarelli},
  • A. Coppa, L. Bondioli, +7 authors R. Macchiarelli
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine, History, Biology
  • Nature
  • 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. 

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