How Homo naledi’s teeth are providing answers, not aches


How Homo naledi’s teeth are providing answers, not aches

A new study focusing on defects in dental enamel has shed light on the stresses experienced by the species

Senior science reporter

The fossilised teeth of species found by palaeontologists may be tiny, but they’re a Pandora’s box of information – not only about the species itself and how it is likely to have looked, but also how it lived and ate.

Added to that is the fact that linear enamel hypoplasia can tell us what sort of stress they had in their lives. So what exactly is linear enamel hypoplasia?

Simply put, it is the band-like dental defects in a child’s tooth that show some form of disruption to the child’s health. It basically means the enamel thickness has been affected by a stressful event such as disease...

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