What Neanderthals' Healthy Teeth Tell Us About Their Minds

4/19/2016 - Research Associate in Anthropology Cassandra Gilmore and Associate Professor of Anthropology Tim Weaver in BBC Earth.

Cassandra Gilmore and Tim Weaver of the University of California, Davis compared Neanderthal teeth to those of human hunter-gatherers with equivalent diets, as well as dozens of orangutan, chimpanzee and baboon teeth. It has been suggested that other Neanderthals ground up their food for them 

The research, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, found that modern humans actually had worse teeth. The Neanderthals kept theirs for longer and had fewer cavities.

Read the full story at BBC Earth.