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Tracing the Ontogenetic Evolution of Diet and Behavior in Neandertals and Anatomically Modern Humans in the Franco-Cantabrian Region. An Integrative study of 3D Tooth Wear Patterns

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Our ancestors' mouths have a lot to tell us about their societies

Neanderthals and Homo sapiens share a common ancestor originated in Africa. However, both evolved as separate species for thousands of years. By the time Homo sapiens left Africa to explore Eurasia, Neanderthals had already been living in the continent for more than 200,000 years. A growing body of evidence indicates that they met and even interbred. Comparative studies are thus of interest on numerous levels. The EU-funded 3DFOSSILDIET project is comparing the growth and development of both human species through their mouths. Namely, dietary differences and behavioural complexity via studies of dental wear, that allows inferring the biomechanics of the masticatory system, will be investigated. Insights will provide clues about social dynamics and our evolutionary processes as a species.

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Avenida De Los Castros S/n
39005 Santander

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 245 732,16

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University of Arkansas
United States
Ozark Hall, 1 University Of Arkansas 120
72701 Fayetteville

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments