Paleobiological Implications of the Ardipithecus ramidus Dentition

@article{Suwa2009PaleobiologicalIO,
  title={Paleobiological Implications of the Ardipithecus ramidus Dentition},
  author={Gen Suwa and Reiko T. Kono and Scott W. Simpson and Berhane Abrha Asfaw and C. Owen Lovejoy and Tim D. White},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={326},
  pages={69 - 99}
}
The Middle Awash Ardipithecus ramidus sample comprises over 145 teeth, including associated maxillary and mandibular sets. These help reveal the earliest stages of human evolution. Ar. ramidus lacks the postcanine megadontia of Australopithecus. Its molars have thinner enamel and are functionally less durable than those of Australopithecus but lack the derived Pan pattern of thin occlusal enamel associated with ripe-fruit frugivory. The Ar. ramidus dental morphology and wear pattern are… 

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