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Questions of growth

The evolution of an extended childhood had implications for human society and culture. New analyses of dental development in fossil hominins suggest that our lengthy growth processes arose quite late in evolution.

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Figure 1: Dental microstructure.

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Moggi-Cecchi, J. Questions of growth. Nature 414, 595–597 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1038/414595a

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