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Unformatted text preview: s were when they died. Specifically, we
looked at the degree of development of a type
of tissue within the tooth called secondary dentin; the volume of secondary dentin increases
with age and provides a way to assess how old
an individual was at death when the tooth
crown is too worn to be a good indicator.
Our initial findings, supplemented with
scans provided by the Max Planck Institute for
Early modern European
Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, corroborated Wolpoff’s results and validated the
wear-based seriation method: the Krapina Neandertals had remarkably high mortality rates;
no one survived past age 30. (This is not to say
that Neandertals across the board never lived
beyond 30. A few individuals from sites other
Rise of the G R and pa R ents
than Krapina were around 40 when they died.)
By today’s standards, the Krapina death pattern is unimagi- this new µct approach has the potential to provide a high-resonable. After all, for most people age 30 is the prime of life. And lution picture of the ages of older individuals in other fossil huhunter-gatherers lived...
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