Dental Anthropology

Fundamentals, Limits and Prospects

  • Kurt W. Alt
  • Friedrich W. Rösing
  • Maria Teschler-Nicola

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVI
  2. Dental Anthropology - An Introduction

    1. Kurt W. Alt, Friedrich W. Rösing, Maria Teschler-Nicola
      Pages 1-3
  3. Teeth in History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Kurt W. Alt, C. Loring Brace, Jens C. Türp
      Pages 15-39
    3. Maria Teschler-Nicola, Michaela Kneissel, Franz Brandstätter, Hermann Prossinger
      Pages 57-68
  4. Dental Morphology, Structure, and Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Jens C. Türp, Kurt W. Alt
      Pages 71-94
    3. Kurt W. Alt, Jens C. Türp
      Pages 95-128
    4. Ralf J. Radlanski
      Pages 129-145
    5. Aleš Obrez, Jens C. Türp
      Pages 147-165
    6. Thomas Koppe, Hiroshi Nagai
      Pages 167-177
  5. Dental Pathology and Epidemiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Peter Caselitz
      Pages 203-226
    3. Thomas F. Strohm, Kurt W. Alt
      Pages 227-246
    4. Kurt W. Alt, Jens C. Türp, Rüdiger Wächter
      Pages 247-276
    5. Eugen Strouhal
      Pages 277-292
    6. Michael Schultz, Petra Carli-Thiele, Tyede H. Schmidt-Schultzf, Uwe Kierdorf, Horst Kierdorf, Wolf-Rüdiger Teegen et al.
      Pages 293-311
  6. Nutrition and Human Behaviour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Hermann Prossinger, Christoph Willms
      Pages 315-336
    3. Jerome C. Rose, Peter S. Ungar
      Pages 349-386
    4. Kurt W. Alt, Sandra L. Pichler
      Pages 387-415
  7. Age and Sex Estimation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 417-417
    2. Helen M. Liversidge, Berthold Herdeg, Friedrich W. Rösing
      Pages 419-442
    3. Friedrich W. Rösing, Sigrid I. Kvaal
      Pages 443-468
    4. Maria Teschler-Nicola, Hermann Prossinger
      Pages 479-500
  8. Geographical and Familial Tooth Variation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 519-519
    2. Sigmar Schnutenhaus, Friedrich W. Rösing
      Pages 521-535
    3. Kurt W. Alt, Werner Vach
      Pages 537-554
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 555-566

About this book


Shelley Saunders This book offers a welcome diversity of topics covering the broader subjects of teeth and the study of teeth by anthropologists. There is an impressive array of coverage here including the history of anthropological study of the teeth, morphology and structure, pathology and epidemiology, the relationship between nutrition, human behavior and the dentition, age and sex estimation from teeth, and geographic and genetic variation. Most chapter authors have provided thorough reviews of their subjects along with examples of recent analytical work and recommendations for future research. North American researchers should particularly appreciate the access to an extensive European literature cited in the individual chapter bibliographies. Physical anthropologists with even a passing interest in dental research should greet the publication of this book with pleasure since it adds to a growing list of books on how the study of teeth can tell us so much about past human populations. In addition to the archaeological applications, there is the forensic objective of dental anthropology which the editors refer to in their introduction which is dealt with in this volume. The chapters dealing with methods of sex determination, age estimation of juveniles and age estimation of adults using the teeth are exhaustive and exacting and of critical importance to both "osteoarchaeologists" and forensic anthropologists. Authors Liversidge, Herdeg and Rosing provide very clear guidelines for the use of dental formation standards in juvenile age estimation, recommendations that are so obviously necessary at this time.


Termination adaption anthropology dentistry evaluation evolution human evolution nutrition palaeoanthropology pathology teeth tissue tooth variation

Editors and affiliations

  • Kurt W. Alt
    • 1
  • Friedrich W. Rösing
    • 2
  • Maria Teschler-Nicola
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Human Genetics and AnthropologyFreiburg UniversityFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Human Genetics and AnthropologyUlm UniversityUlmGermany
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyMuseum of Natural History ViennaViennaAustria

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