The localization and anthropometry of mental foramen on late byzantine mandibles

Ari K., Kafa İ. M., Basar Z., Kurt M.

COLLEGIUM ANTROPOLOGICUM, vol.29, no.1, pp.233-236, 2005 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.233-236
  • Keywords: mandible, mental foramen, localization, morphometry, Anatolian, POSITION
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: No


Comprehensive studies of the human skeletal features and variations between and within populations are beneficial both for clinical applications and determination of racial characteristics of populations. The aim of this study was to examine the location and anthropometric characteristics of the mental foramen in 36 adult male mandibles of the Late Byzantine period. The results demonstrated that the most common position of the mental foramen was in line with the longitudinal axis of the second premolar (50% right side; 47% left side) followed by a location between the first and second premolars (33% right side; 36% left side). When compared with the results of previous similar studies, the results obtained in the present study suggest that traits such as the localization of mental foramen may not only differ between populations of different geographic environment but also within the inhabitants of the same geography.