Skip to comments.Unbrushed Teeth Reveal Ancient Diets
Posted on 03/07/2007 9:57:13 AM PST by SunkenCiv
[A]ncient tartar-encrusted teeth may be a biological gold mine for scientists, thanks to a new technique for extracting food particles from teeth that once belonged to prehistoric humans. The method already has solved a mystery surrounding what early coastal Brazilians ate. In the future, similar studies may reveal clues about other ancient diets, particularly in areas with little plant preservation from earlier times... Eggers explained that ancient tartar could reveal what an individual ate in the days or weeks before death. Evidence suggests some prehistoric populations cleaned their teeth -- using fibrous foods and shell fragments as natural abrasives -- but many groups simply let nature take its course... The first two microfossils suggest the individual's last meals likely consisted of shellfish accompanied by some sort of tuber.
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Getting to the Nitty Gritty
This photo shows researchers dunking an ancient tooth in a hydrocholoric acid wash. The method is helping scientists understand the diets of ancient populations based on tiny "microfossil" particles in their teeth.
Pictures: Sabine Eggers
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Ick...no wonder I never wanted to be a dentist.
Always floss, then some archaeologist will someday say your last meal consisted of some kind of string.
Won't THAT be enlightening!
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That's disgusting... What dental hygienists do on their off time.
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Exactly my comment.
So all those books can be boiled down (so to speak) to one meal:
Roast duck with mango salsa!!!
Shame, shame upon you. ;')
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Posted on 03/08/2007 1:12:04 PM EST by BJClinton
So, they used teeth found near a site full of discarded sea shells, did all sorts of fancy acid dunking to get crud off of the teeth and in the end they found out that the teeth owners ate shell fish. That is simply amazing analysis.
Weirdly enough, another team of researchers studied the shells, and found out the mussels had a steady diet of human teeth, but it didn't make the papers due to a gov't conspiracy to suppress the truth. ;')
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