Early hominid enamel hypoplasia



Enamel hypoplasia in the South African Plio-Pleistocene fossil hominid sample is examined. The Swartkrans hominids are shown to have a higher incidence of hypoplasia than the Sterkfontein hominids. Within the Swartkrans sample, individuals with hypoplasia of the first upper molar have lower-than-expected ages of death. Possible taphonomic explanations for these observations are discussed.