Scientists have discovered cavities in the teeth of primates that walked the Earth around 54 million years ago

While for us the discovery of a cavity might mean it's time for a trip to the dentist's office, their discovery in our early ancestors can act as an important indicator of ancient dietary trends. Fresh analysis of 54-million-year-old fossils has revealed the oldest known example of this among mammals, with a prehistoric primate by the name of Microsyops latidens found to suffer from relatively common dental cavities courtesy of shift towards a sugar-rich diet.

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