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Title: Orofacial pathology in Homo heidelbergensis: the case of Skull 5 from the Sima de los Huesos site (Atapuerca, Spain)
Authors: Gracia-Téllez, Ana
Arsuaga, Juan Luis
Martínez, Ignacio
Martín-Francés, Laura
Martinón-Torres, María
Bermúdez de Castro, José María
Bonmatí, Alejandro
Lira Garrido, Jaime
Issue Date: May-2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Quaternary International, 2013, 295, 83-93
Abstract: This paper presents a detailed palaeopathological study of the orofacial lesions present in Skull 5 from the Sima de los Huesos Middle Pleistocene site. Besides testing a previous diagnosis of periodontal disease, tooth wear, left P3 fracture and two periapical abscesses, unreported lesions are identified: the I1 abscess and the M3 fracture. The timing of the pathological events that have produced the conspicuous bone growth of the maxilla was determined with the aid of computer tomography techniques. This is particularly important to assess the duration/chronicity of the lesions and the cause/s of them. Some physiological particularities of the region affected could account for the maxillary osteitis and concomitant infection as a probable cause of death.
ISSN: 1040-6182
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.02.005
Type: Article
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