Hominoid enamel prism patterns

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Science  16 Dec 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4322, pp. 1155-1157
DOI: 10.1126/science.412252


Analysis of enamel prism patterns in a selected series of extant hominoids reveals that pongids have a pattern distinctively different from that of Homo sapiens. The pattern for a Miocene hominoid, Ramapithecus, is very similar to that seen in Homo sapiens. The finding allows a new approach to the evaluation of isolated teeth.