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Stone Age dentistry, 14 kya

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beeswax a dental filling, 4500 BC/Bernardini et al.

We were recently discussing an archaeology find, King Hezekiah of Judah’s seal imprint (first ever for a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king in a scientific archaeological excavation).

Here are top tens for 2015 from Mashable, including

Investigation with scanning electron microscopy on a 14,000-year-old molar revealed the oldest known dentistry, as the infected tooth was partially cleaned with flint tools.

From Discover:

“It predates any undisputed evidence of dental and cranial surgery, currently represented by dental drillings and cranial trephinations dating back to the Mesolithic-Neolithic period, about 9,000-7,000 years ago, “ Benazzi said.

File:A small cup of coffee.JPG We await news re Stone Age anaesthetics, we really do.

Some early dentistry, pictured above, used beeswax for fillings.

See also: The search for our earliest ancestors: signals in the noise

and

Early human religion: A 747 built in the basement with an X-Acto knife

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Back when I was in the Navy they were still practicing stone age dentistry. Apparently it's quite effective.Mung
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