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Osteophagia and dental wear in herbivores: Actualistic data and archaeological evidence

AuthorsCáceres, Isabel; Esteban-Nadal, Montserrat; Bennàsar, Maria; Marín Monfort, M. D. ; Pesquero, María Dolores ; Fernández-Jalvo, Yolanda
KeywordsDental wear
Actualistic studies
Atapuerca sites
Abric Romaní
Bosque de Riofrío
Issue Date24-Apr-2013
CitationJournal of Archaeological Science 40(8): 3105-3116 (2013)
AbstractThe ability of herbivores to produce damage in bones and antlers has recently been described by the present authors (. Cáceres etal., 2011), showing several cases of modified bones and various stages of bone modification due to osteophagic behavior by herbivores. Herbivores chew and eat bones and antlers to make up for mineral scarcity in their diet. In this paper we describe how the consumption of bone and antlers by herbivore can result in distinct differential tooth wear, breakage and the loss of some dental pieces. This damage has also been identified in fossils. These preliminary results are especially relevant in archaeological contexts, because this marked tooth wear can be mistaken for dental disease or lead to the incorrect assignment of age to the animals. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.04.006
issn: 0305-4403
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