International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
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'Dutta PC, 1983: A Study of the Molar Teeth of the Bronze Age Harappans in the Context of Evolutionary Biology. Anthropologie (Brno) 21, 2: 97-102'.
Using the molar teeth of the Bronze Age Harappans, this study examines the two different hypotheses that have been postulated at explaining the reduction in human dentition since the end of the Pleistocene. The study discusses inappropriateness of these two hypotheses. The information available from this investigation clearly suggests that selection pressure favoured smaller molar size, and thereby smaller grinding area, adapted to the need to grind and chew soft cooked food. A set of large molars, earlier beneficial for mastication of tough food, would indeed be unfit.
Molar teeth - Bronze Age - India - Harappa

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