Friday, February 5, 2010

Ancient Human Teeth Show That Stress Early in Development Can Shorten Life Span

Teeth from a site near Cuzco, Peru, show grooves of enamel damage.
(Credit: Valerie Andrushko)

From Science Daily:

ScienceDaily (Feb. 5, 2010) — Ancient human teeth are telling secrets that may relate to modern-day health: Some stressful events that occurred early in development are linked to shorter life spans.

"Prehistoric remains are providing strong, physical evidence that people who acquired tooth enamel defects while in the womb or early childhood tended to die earlier, even if they survived to adulthood," says Emory University anthropologist George Armelagos.

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