Dental Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural Contexts

Dental Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural Contexts

1st Edition - September 9, 2019

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  • Editors: Christopher Schmidt, James Watson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128155998
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128156001

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Dental Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural Contexts provides a single source for disseminating the current state-of-the-art research regarding dental wear across a variety of hominoid species under a number of temporal and spatial contexts. The volume begins with a brief introductory chapter addressing the general history, understandings and approaches to the study of dental wear. Remaining chapters cover dental macrowear and dental microwear. Students and professionals in anthropology, specifically paleoanthropologists, bioarcheologists, archaeologists, and primatologists will find this book to be a valuable resource. In addition, it is a helpful guide for dentists and other dental professionals interested in dental function.

Key Features

  • Covers a wide range of topics, including method and theory, macrowear and microwear in primates, and fossil hominins
  • Highlights several recent technological innovations, including occlusal fingerprinting, considerations of enamel mechanical properties, and microwear texture
  • Includes case studies from archaeological populations


Practitioners and Students in anthropology, specifically paleoanthropologists, bioarchaeologists, archaeologists, and primatologists. Supplemental text for courses in Dental Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

Table of Contents

  • 1. An Introduction to Dental Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural Contexts
    2. Dental Macrowear in Catarrhine Primates: Variability Across Species
    3. Diet and Cultural Diversity in Neanderthals and Modern Humans from Dental Macrowear Analyses
    4. Macrowear and the Mechanical Behavior of Enamel
    5. The Interplay of Behavioral and Occlusal Etiologies in Aberrant Dental Wear
    6. Deconstructing Non-Carious Cervical Lesion on Teeth in Forensic Contexts
    7. Dental Microwear Texture Analysis in Bioarchaeology
    8. Dental Microwear Texture Analysis in Deciduous Teeth
    9. Stable Carbon Isotope and Molar Microwear Variability of South African Australopiths in Relation to Paleohabitats and Taxonomy
    10. Regional Variability in Diet Between Northern European and Mediterranean Neandertals: Evidence from Dental Microwear Texture Analysis
    11. Dental Microwear Texture Analyses of the Paleoamericans of Lagoa Santa, Central-Eastern Brazil

Product details

  • No. of pages: 290
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: September 9, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128155998
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128156001

About the Editors

Christopher Schmidt

Dr. Schmidt is a biological anthropologist and Eastern Woodlands archeologist. His research interests include dental anthropology, skeletal biology, dietary reconstruction, subsistence, and human-paleofauna interactions. As director of the Indiana Prehistory Laboratory, Dr. Schmidt is active in his field and works to get his students involved in fieldwork and research. He has published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the Journal of Forensic Science, and Indiana Archeology. He is also President of the Indiana Archeology Council. Dr. Schmidt is co-author of The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, Second Edition published by Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Indiana Prehistory Laboratory, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA

James Watson

Dr. Watson’s research examines health and disease in prehistoric populations through their skeletal remains. He is specifically interested in understanding prehistoric human adaptations in desert ecosystems and the role local resources play in the adoption of agriculture and their impact on health. His current projects involve the excavation and analysis of the earliest farmers in the Sonoran Desert and of incipient agriculturalists in the Atacama Desert, along the northern coast of Chile.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Associate Curator of Bioarchaeology (ASM) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

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  • Verner A. Sun Jun 21 2020

    Dental Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural ContextsTh

    The texts dealing with microwear were excellent. I missed the latest news about macrowear.