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Original scientific paper

A micro-computed tomography examination of primary double teeth from the Muslim necropolis of Macael Viejo (13th-16th centuries; Almeria, Spain)

Nataša Šarkić orcid id ; Aita Bioarchaeology, Caporal Fradera 17, P-02, 08380 Malgrat del Mar (Barcelona), Spain
Santiago Moreno orcid id ; Independent investigator, Concepción Bahamonde 9, 28028 Madrid
Igor Erjavec ; Laboratory for Mineralized Tissue, Department for Anatomy, School of Medicine University of Zagreb, Croatia
Jesus Herrerin ; Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Campus Universitario, Ctra. Madrid-Barcelona km, 33, 600, 28805 Alcalá de Henares
Laura González-Garrido ; Área de Antropología Física, Departamento de Biodiversidad y Gestión Ambiental, Universidad de León, Campus de Vegazana, 24071 León, Spain; Institute of Biomedicine (IBIOMED), Universidad de León, Campus de Vegazana, 24071 León, Spain; Bahamonde 9University of Coimbra, Research Centre for Anthropology and Health (CIAS), Department of Life Sciences, Calçada Martim de Freitas, 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal

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A child aged 5±1 years with abnormally developed mandibular incisors was discovered during the analysis of a skeletal assemblage from the late medieval/early modern necropolis of Macael Viejo (c. 13th–16th, Almería, Spain). The mandibular right deciduous incisors (81 and 82) were found to have developed a rare abnormality – a fused crown and single root. The identification, descriptions, and differential diagnoses of the anomaly were performed using morphological analyses and radiographic means. This article aims to present a case of fusion of two adjacent primary teeth displayed by a non-adult and analyse the applications and the potential of microcomputed tomography (Micro-CT) in the analysis of tooth crown and root canal morphology in dental anomalies.


dental anomalies; gemination; dental fusion; Micro-CT; dental anthropology

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