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Moroccan hunter-gatherers suffered from tooth decay

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An analysis of the remains of 52 hunter-gatherers who lived in Morocco 13,000 years ago has revealed that 49 of them suffered from tooth decay.

The poor condition of their teeth suggests they were often in agony.

“At a certain point, the tooth nerve dies but up until that moment, the pain is very bad and if you get an abscess the pain is excruciating because of the pressure on the jaw,” explained Dr Louise Humphrey, from London’s Natural History Museum.

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Story: Jonathan Amos, BBC News | Photo: Isabelle de Groote

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