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Mesolithic Human Teeth from Zamostye-2, Moscow Region

https://doi.org/10.17746/1563-0110.2019.47.4.120-127

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We describe the morphology of deciduous and permanent human teeth from Zamostye-2—a Mesolithic site in the Moscow Region, Russia. Pathological changes indicate a variable diet, including both animal and vegetable food. Non-metric analysis reveals several Upper Paleolithic retentions, but the overall combination is insufficient for tracing population affinities. Metrically, permanent teeth from Zamostye are similar to those from the Mesolithic burial ground on Yuzhny Oleny (Southern Reindeer) Island, Karelia, while differing from the teeth of Mesolithic Western and Southern Europeans. Our findings agree with those of recent genetic studies that revealed close affinities between the Mesolithic populations of European Russia, contrasting them with the Mesolithic groups of Western and Northern Europe.

About the Authors

A. V. Zubova
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Federation

Senior Researcher.

Universitetskaya nab. 3, St. Petersburg, 199034



V. G. Moiseev
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Federation

Senior Researcher.

Universitetskaya nab. 3, St. Petersburg, 199034



A. M. Kulkov
Saint Petersburg State University
Russian Federation

Engineer.

Universitetskaya nab.7–9, St. Petersburg, 199034



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Zubova A.V., Moiseev V.G., Kulkov A.M. Mesolithic Human Teeth from Zamostye-2, Moscow Region. Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia. 2019;47(4):120-127. https://doi.org/10.17746/1563-0110.2019.47.4.120-127

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