The paper “Population Structure Analyses using Phenetic Deciduous Tooth Trait Data from San José de Moro, Peru (A.D. 500 – 850),” co-authored by Richard Sutter, chair and professor of anthropology, and Tanvi Chhatiawala (’16) was recently published in the book Biological Distance Analysis: Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectives.
The paper is based upon research conducted during July 2012 as part of Sutter’s ANTH B405 Fieldwork in Bioanthropology course at the San José de Moro archaeological site located on the north coast of Peru.
The paper examines the usefulness of genetically influenced human tooth characteristics in children’s deciduous teeth to derive population genetics estimates of inbreeding, gene flow, and genetic relatedness among prehistoric human populations.
“The team compared their results to those previously reported by me in another publication that came out last fall in Current Anthropology,” said Sutter. “We found that the children’s teeth produced similar genetic estimates as did the adult’s permanent tooth traits.”