Rare Pigment Fossilised in Teeth

A medieval skeleton has been discovered with some unexpected extras hidden in her teeth...
20 January 2019
Presented by Jenny Gracie




Brushing our teeth keeps them clean and free from debris, but back in medieval times, dental hygiene wasn’t part of your daily routine. This means that scientists can look at the teeth of skeletons to reconstruct what food they might have munched on back then and find out more about their lifestyle. But recently a team of international scientists, lead from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, found something a little more peculiar fossilised in the teeth of a 1000 year old skeleton. Jenny Gracie spoke with Christina Warinner to unearth the mysterious finding...


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