Dental Detectives Shed Light on Ancient Diets

Palaeontologists find discoveries in the dental plaque of neanderthals
10 March 2017
Presented by Ricky Nathvani
Production by Ricky Nathvani.



By investigating the plaque left behind on the teeth of Neanderthals from 48,000-50,000 years ago, paleontologists have uncovered a wealth of knowledge about their diets, lifestyles and even their knowledge of medicine. In an unprecedented study into the plant based components of their diet, researchers say it could also have big implications for understanding the evolution of modern human diets and how our own bacterial components have evolved. Ricky Nathvani spoke with lead author Kieth Dobney of the University of Liverpool to find out more...


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