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Strontium in 19th century Australian children’s teeth
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 16:16 authored by Anne-Marie WilliamsAnne-Marie Williams, Donlon, DA, Bennett, CM, Siegele, R
The enamel of teeth from 57 children, who died in the mid to late 1800s, were analysed to investigate strontium (Sr) concentrations in historic teeth. Teeth were analysed usingproton induced X-ray emission at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Where available, multiple teeth were analysed for each individual includingpermanent (molars and premolars) and deciduous teeth (molars). Preliminary results show that Sr does not appear to be affected by the postmortem environment. Sr levels in permanent molars strongly correlate with levels in the premolars but not with the deciduous molars. Concerns are raised over the large variation seen in Sr levels and the effect it would have on the interpretation of Sr levels in studies with small sample sizes.
Publication titleNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B
Department/SchoolTasmanian School of Medicine
Place of publicationNetherlands
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