A peek into the lives of our ancestors through ancient dental calculus

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CHOCHOLOVÁ Eva

Year of publication 2021
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Faculty of Science

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Description Have you ever wondered how much information you scrape off when brushing your teeth? We can learn a lot about past civilisations from humble dental calculus that forms by calcification of our dental plaque. Anything we chew or inhale can leave a trace - various particles are trapped and preserved even after thousands of years. As a result of that, we can study DNA and proteins that survived centuries and learn about the diet, health, and lifestyle of populations that are long gone.
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