Variables affecting dental fluctuating asymmetry in human isolates

I. Hershkovitz, G. Livshits, D. Moskona, B. Arensburg, E. Kobyliansky

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The aims of the present study are to 1) determine and describe levels of dental fluctuating asymmetry (FA) in a highly endogamous human group; 2) evaluate the effects of various FA measures on perceived FA levels and their interrelationships; 3) study the connections between dental variables (tooth size, class, position, type, location and dimension) and FA levels; and 4) estimate the interrelationships between dental FA measures. The study was carried out on 242 Bedouin boys aged 5 to 14 years. The results demonstrate that the main variables influencing dental FA levels within this population are tooth class (incisors, canine, premolars, molars) and position (mesial, distal) and that the interaction between the two is significant. When sample sizes are large enough and individual measures are needed for the statistical analysis, the use of a computational method based on absolute values is legitimate. Clear relationships between some FA dental traits are discerned though principal‐components analysis. © 1993 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-365
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Asymmetry
  • Dentition
  • Methods


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