The anthropological value of minor variants of the dental crown
Article first published online: 28 APR 2005
Copyright © 1976 Wiley-Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 45, Issue 2, pages 257–267, September 1976
How to Cite
Berry, A. C. (1976), The anthropological value of minor variants of the dental crown. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 45: 257–267. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.1330450211
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2005
- Dental crown;
- Minor variant;
- Genetical distance;
The incidences of 31 minor variants of the dental crown were scored from dental casts of samples taken from six European populations. Although several variants showed significant sex bias in one or other sample, only one (pits instead of furrow on premolar2) consistently favoured one sex. Associations between the variants were sought. Although few consistent associations were demonstrated, there was a possible tendency for extra cusps to occur together throughout the dentition. Distance statistics calculated between the samples were compatible with the expected genetical relationships of the samples, but only modern samples could be used since variants were destroyed by attrition in archeological samples.
Before such distances can be considered reliable, it is necessary to know:
- ithe extent to which environmental factors such as diet influence variant expression.
- iiwhether or not variant bearing teeth are selectively destroyed by caries, which in civilised populations render a high proportion of most dentitions unscoreable.