Root grooves on two adjacent anterior teeth of Australopithecus africanus.

@article{Towle2018RootGO,
  title={Root grooves on two adjacent anterior teeth of Australopithecus africanus.},
  author={Ian Towle and Joel D. Irish and Marina Elliott and Isabelle De Groote},
  journal={International journal of paleopathology},
  year={2018},
  volume={22},
  pages={
          163-167
        }
}

Root caries on a Paranthropus robustus third molar from Drimolen

TLDR
An antemortem lesion on the root of a Paranthropus robustus third molar from Drimolen, South Africa, is described, which likely represents another example of caries in fossil hominins.

Dental abscesses on the maxilla of a two million-year-old early Homo specimen

TLDR
The earliest hominin examples of a dental abscess shows that this individual was able to cope with several concurrent abscesses, clearly surviving for an extended period, and adds additional information to the history of dental pathology in Homo genus.

Periapical lesions in hominids: Abscesses on the maxilla of a 2 million‐year‐old early Homo specimen

TLDR
These lesions in an early Homo specimen highlight that this individual used their anterior dentition extensively, to the point that the pulp chambers were exposed on multiple teeth, and suggests that other hominin genera may have been less susceptible to dental abscesses, potentially relating to dietary or behavioural differences.

Dental caries in human evolution: frequency of carious lesions in South African fossil hominins

TLDR
Caries frequency typically ranges between 1-5% of teeth in non-agricultural human samples, and this pattern seemingly holds true for at least the past two million years in the hominin lineage.

Tertiary Dentine Frequencies in Extant Great Apes and Fossil Hominins

  • I. Towle
  • Environmental Science
    Open Quaternary
  • 2018
Tertiary dentine forms when an odontoblast is directly affected by stimuli, commonly through occlusal wear. In this study the presence of tertiary dentine is recorded in three South African fossil

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