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Re: A question about tooth enamel and drawing dietary conclusions



On 2/12/07, Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:

 I wonder whether tooth microwear can be easily distinguished from 
post-depositional
abrasion?

Post-mortem microwear is usually pretty easy to distinguish on teeth. Taphonomic abrasion has a tendency to dampen true microwear "signals," whereas preparatory marks tend to stick out like a sore thumb under the SEM. Mark Teaford has done quite a bit of work on this front.

Jordan

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