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1. This has caused many comparative odontologists to deny the possibility of any lateral j a w movement in the great apes, and to state that chewing consists of a purely vertical, champing action. In fact, as Gregory (1916) and Mills (1955) have pointed out, lateral chewing takes place quite normally in the gorilla, as in all the primates. It will be seen in this figure that the upper canine slides between the lower canine and first premolar, while the lower canine similarly passes in a diastema between the upper Α Β C Gorilla ι FIG.

Anthrop. Soc. Nippon, 64, 95 (in Japanese with English summary). HOOIJER, A. D. (1948) Prehistoric Teeth of Man and of the Orang-utan from Central Sumatra, with Notes on the Fossil Orang-utan from Java and Southern China. Leiden. JOERGENSEN, K. D. (1956) The deciduous dentition. A descriptive and comparative anatomical study, Act. Odont. Scandin. 14, suppl. 20. MOORREES, C. F. A. (1957) The Aleut Dentition. , Cambridge. PEDERSEN, P. O. (1949) The East Greenland Eskimo dentition, Meddelelser om Gronland, 142, Copenhagen.

While Senyurek (1956) was probably correct in attributing the far higher proportion of the M P sequence suggested in British children by Clements et al. (1953) to premature loss of teeth, the fact remains that the M P sequence of gingival eruption is no rarity in contemporary whites. As for other populations, the M P sequence may be observed in 48 per cent of contemporary Pima Indians (cf. Koski and Garn, 1957, p . 482) and it appears to have been the majority sequence in Apache and Pima Indians examined a half-century ago (Hrdlicka, 1908).

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