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Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 14 July 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 28, p. nf66
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.28.nf66]

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Long in the Tooth

Paleolithic hominids outlived their predecessors, dental wear suggests

R. John Davenport

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2004/28/nf66

Abstract: Whether it's the latest band or the newest fashion fad, young people are usually the ones on the cutting edge. But a new study suggests that old people helped foster early human ingenuity. Populations from tens of thousands of years ago had a higher proportion of old individuals than did previous populations, researchers surmise based on tooth wear. Because these ancestors created more sophisticated tools and art than did their predecessors, the rise of modern culture might have required a mature population.

Citation: R. J. Davenport, Long in the Tooth. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (28), nf66 (2004).

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