Tooth decay in humans started about 15,000 years ago

January 6, 2014 8:19 PM

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Tooth decay in humans started about 15,000 years ago

New study finds bad cases of tooth decay in humans long before the arrival of carb-heavy agriculture.

In the Moroccan cave known as Grotte des Pigeons, life was good some 15,000 years ago. The people who occupied the cave had a varied diet, fine living quarters and a close-knit community. What they didn't have was a good tube of toothpaste — and the results, scientists have learned, were horrifying.

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