Contact: Claudene Wharton
University of Nevada, Reno
Caption: Centuries ago, dental calculus would build up through the years, layer after layer, like a stalagmite, sometimes reaching impressive proportions. University of Nevada, Reno researchers have discovered that analysis of tiny fragments of this material can be used effectively in paleodietary research – the study of diets of earlier ancient and populations – without the need to destroy bone, as other methods do.
Credit: Photo by G. Richard Scott, University of Nevada, Reno.
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