Current status and perspectives of the development of dental research in biological anthropology of Argentina: Introduction and conclusions of the symposium.
LUNA L.; BERNAL V.
HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology
Año: 2011 vol. 62 p. 328 - 328
This paper describes and discusses the research in the field of dental anthropology in Argentina. It has been presented at the symposium entitled The development of dental research in Argentine Biological Anthropology: current status and perspectives, coordinated by the authors at the IX National Meeting of Biological Anthropology of Argentina, Puerto Madryn, 20th23rd October 2009. The aim of the symposium was to present new results and future prospects of this discipline in the country and to create a forum for discussion of current research within this field. Six contributions that focused on the study of teeth from different perspectives and analysed bioarchaeological samples from different areas of Argentina (Central Highlands, Pampa and Patagonia) were presented. After the presentations, a discussion about the state of the art of dental research in the country was generated, in which the need for the generation of methodological consensus on the criteria for the evaluation of the variables considered was stated, so that research conducted in different areas can be compared. In short, the contributions of this symposium provide insights into the diversity of dental anthropology in contemporary Argentina and the potential of these types of studies to gain important information about biological and cultural aspects of the native populations in the country.