Root caries on a Paranthropus robustus third molar from Drimolen.

  title={Root caries on a Paranthropus robustus third molar from Drimolen.},
  author={Ian Towle and Alessandro Riga and Joel D. Irish and Irene Dori and Colin G. Menter and Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
OBJECTIVES Dental caries is often perceived as a modern human disease. However, their presence is documented in many early human groups, various nonhuman primates and, increasingly, our hominin ancestors and relatives. In this study, we describe an antemortem lesion on the root of a Paranthropus robustus third molar from Drimolen, South Africa, which likely represents another example of caries in fossil hominins. MATERIALS AND METHODS The molar, DNH 40, is dated to 2.0-1.5 Ma and displays a… 
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