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PINEHURST, N.C., Dec.
A study led by University of Florida geology researcher George D. Kamenov showed that trace amounts of lead in modern and historical human teeth can give clues about where they came from.
The newest dental implants on the market are shaped like back teeth - also known as molars.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, have conducted stress analyses on gorilla teeth of differing wear stages.
Using a method based on geographic positioning systems that allowed them to characterize the topography of the bats' molars in a way similar to how geographers characterize mountain surfaces, the researchers calculated a measure of dental complexity that reflects how "rugged" the surface of the tooth is.
The timing of molar emergence and its relation to growth and reproduction in apes was reported in the Dec 28 online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Young adults in their 20s and 30s who can't part with their third molars (a.k.a., wisdom teeth) may be at risk for chronic oral inflammation, increasing the risk of inflammation in other areas of the body as well.
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