Teeth from archaeological sites give us diverse information on health, ageing and life in ancient peoples. This panel discusses recent topics in dental anthropology, especially those in paleoanthropology, dental morphology and primatology are welcomed.
Teeth are the hardest parts of a human body and retain traces of life for long time. Thus, they have been studied as an important organ in physical anthropology. This panel session, taking the subject of "teeth of mankind" as its key, offers various interesting topics unlocked from the subject. We welcome entries from a wide range of fields such as: Paleopathological areas which not only conduct differential diagnoses on diseases traced out from teeth of ancient human skeletons, but also make clear the relationships between dietary habits, social environments and sanitary conditions and diseases of ancient people; Dental morphology based on evolutional phylogenetic viewpoints, which analyses the characteristics observed in teeth from fossil hominids to modern humans with the use of dental crown measurements and non-metric scoring technique. In addition, we also welcome topics on teeth of primates as long as they are committed to human dental anthropology. Although teeth are very small organs, the information they imply is extremely large. By this panel session, we would like to offer an opportunity to present the latest topics on dental paleopathology, dental morphology and other relevant dental anthropological studies which contribute to elucidate the health, ageing and life of ancient and modern humans.