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Which hominid had the largest molar teeth?

Last Updated: 18th March, 2020

The “Nutcracker,” (aka Paranthropus boisei), a hominin that lived 2.3 million years ago, had the largest molars and thickest enamel of any hominin. Homo erectus, which lived all over the world 1.5 million years ago, had larger canines than modern humans.

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Also asked, which species has the largest post canine teeth of any hominin?

Australopithecus afarensis Hominid species that lived 3.9 to 2.9 million years ago. Compared to modern apes, A. afarensis and A. africanus have much smaller molars and canines, but they are still larger than those of humans'.

Subsequently, question is, why did the canine tooth reduce in size? Therefore, the reduction in canine size is the result of a suite of evolutionary changes (social structure, dental arcade shape and the lack of a C/P3 honing complex) took place over millions of years and in many species of our hominin ancestors.

Besides, how many teeth did our ancestors have?

The Evolution of Wisdom Teeth. Track the progress of the jaw in this illustration of human evolution. There was a time when our jaws could comfortably accommodate all 32 teeth, including the third molars. You have to go back about 100 million years ago, though, to the prehistoric version of man.

Who were the earliest hominins?

The oldest hominins currently known are Sahelanthropus tchadensis from Chad (Brunet et al. 2005) and Orrorin tugenensis from Kenya (Senut et al. 2001). Sahelanthropus, dated to between 6 and 7 mya, is known from a largely complete skull and some other fragmentary remains.

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