Malocclusion and dental crowding 12,000 years ago

Malocclusion and dental crowding 12,000 years ago

Thanks to the studies carried out on the human remains found in different sites, we can learn many things about our ancestors and how they lived as well as many of their characteristics and highlights of their day to day.

After having been analyzed the jaws and teeth of 292 skeletons from Anatolia, the Levant and Europe, with remains dating back to the 28,000 years, a discordant spot has been discovered between hunter / gatherers in Europe, the Middle East and Anatolia.

In the analyzes carried out so far it is shown that the lower jaws of those who are considered to be one of the world's first farmers in the Levante area they had certain differences when compared to other jaws of people who lived at the same time but in different places.

So says the doctor Ron Pinhasi from the School of Archeology and Earth Institute of the Colleage University of Dublin. In his own words, it is shown that hunter / gatherer populations have a wonderful harmony between the lower jaws and the lower teeth, something that has absolutely nothing to do with the examined jaws of early farmers.

This may be due to change to diet,different that hunter / gatherers had compared to early farmers. The former counted among their diet with meat, wild raw vegetables, etc. For their part, farmers ate processed or cooked foods such as cereals or even legumes.

Over the years, this soft diet was shaping the jaw of farmers since less effort was needed to chew, causing dental crowding and also malocclusion, something that can be considered as the first beings in history to suffer from this dental condition.

Has been shown the existence of a link between chewing, diet and also different wear patterns caused by it. This shows that malocclusion or dental crowding is not something from a few years ago but from thousands of years ago, especially among farmers in the Levante area.

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