Original paper

Polynesian dentition

Dennison, John


The chance discovery of a paper by Rottstock et al.(1983)comparing the individual diameters of 4,497 teeth from 711 skulls from anthropologically-different populations (Europeans, Negroids, Mongoloids, Melanesians)provided the impetus to add our measurements of 449 teeth from 89 Polynesians(mainland Maoris, Chatham Island, Wairau Bar)to the series. We confirm that dental measurements provide clear differences among the different population groups. We confirm that dental indices are useful by disclosing specific dental relationships among the different population groups.


Tooth diameterEuropeansPolynesiansNegroidsMongoloidsMelanesiansindices