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A case of an osteolytic lesion on an italian neandertahl jaw

Abstract : This article describes an osteolytic odontogenetic lesion found on the mandible of a Neanderthal from the Middle Paleolithic site of Riparo Mezzena near the city of Verona (Italy). A pathology was revealed through X-ray and computerized-tomodensitometric examinations. This lesion was compared to present and sub-contemporary populations and indicates that it may have been of infectious origin, resulting from a bacterial invasion of the root canal of a coronal pulp exposure. The bacterial contamination may have resulted either from a traumatic fracture, a cavity, or extensive wear on the tooth.
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Silvana Condémi, Delphine Tardivo, Bruno Foti, Stefano Ricci, Paolo Giunti, et al.. A case of an osteolytic lesion on an italian neandertahl jaw. Comptes Rendus Palevol, Elsevier Masson, 2011, xx (xx), pp.00. ⟨10.1016/j.crpv.2011.08.004⟩. ⟨halshs-00639323⟩



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