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Earliest evidence for caries and exploitation of starchy plant foods in Pleistocene hunter-gatherers from Morocco

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Dental caries is an infectious disease that causes tooth decay. The high prevalence of dental caries in recent humans is attributed to more frequent consumption of plant foods rich in fermentable carbohydrates in food-producing societies. The transition from hunting and gathering to food production is associated with a change in the composition of the oral microbiota and broadly coincides with the estimated timing of a demographic expansion in Streptococcus mutans, a causative agent of human ...

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10.1073/pnas.1318176111

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University of Oxford
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SSD
Department:
School of Archaeology
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National Academy of Sciences Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Journal website
Volume:
111
Issue:
3
Pages:
954-959
Publication date:
2014-01-21
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EISSN:
1091-6490
ISSN:
0027-8424
Source identifiers:
449624
Language:
English
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uuid:fc24a904-2e93-45b5-a347-f4ce94f8ce0a
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2014-12-04

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