Rohat Chari

Rohat Chari

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I'm glad you're as excited about it as we are! So we are essentially hoping that M3 are similar to different teeth, such as incisors. M3s only come out in matured animals (see wisdom teeth in humans as a comparison) and a lot of (preserved) fossils aren't of mature animals, and thus don't have M3s. This experiment is to ensure that there are alternatives to M3s, such as incisors (which are more or less ubiquitous), that provide results with the same accuracy as an analysis using an M3 would, but are more prevalent in fossils and jaws.
Aug 18, 2020
Are there viable alternatives to the third molar for reconstructing ancient environments using analysis of mammal teeth?
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