Tuesday, March 07, 2006

 

Magdalenian Girl is a woman and therefore has oldest recorded case of impacted wisdom teeth

"The earliest recorded case of impacted wisdom teeth belongs to the renowned 'Magdalenian Girl,' a nearly complete 13,000- to 15,000-year-old skeleton excavated in France in 1911and acquired by The Field Museum in 1926.

For years this rare, early anatomically modern human skeleton was thought to be that of a girl because her wisdom teeth had not erupted, an event that typically occurs between 18 and 22 years of age. New analysis of Magdalenian Girl's bones, however, has lead Field Museum scientists to conclude that she was not a girl but actually a 25- to 35-year-old woman at the time of her death."

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