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Evaluation of dental non-metric traits in a medieval population from Ibiza (Spain)

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Author(s): Carrie Springs Pacelli | Nicholas Márquez-Grant

Journal: Bulletin of the International Association for Paleodontology
ISSN 1846-6273

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 16;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Dental Non-Metric Traits | Medieval Population | Spain

ABSTRACT
Rescue excavations between 2006 and 2008 of the Medieval rural cemetery of Molí de Can Fonoll in Ibiza, Spain, revealed a total of 167 individuals, of which 141 were assessed for dental morphological variants. The analysis aimed primarily at assessing the frequency of dental non-metric traits in this population. 21 dental non-metric traits were selected for observation based on the Arizona State University Dental Anthropology System. No considerably high percentages were found in the population and no comparative data was present to infer about biological distances. Thus, the aim was to present the data for future study and to provide a small register for the region. The most significant frequencies of crown morphological variants found to be present within this Mediterranean population were hypoconulid (38.22%), shoveling (21.79%), and tuberculum dentale (19.18%).
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