The analysis of the amount of antimere asymmetry for two dental morphological traits, Carabelli’s and protostylid, reveals that it cannot be regarded simply as a monitor of environmental stress. The fluctuating asymmetry noted and the methods used in reporting it suggest that the results are dependent on scoring methods, sample sizes and total trait frequencies. The amount of fluctuating asymmetry also appears to be dependent on the duration of the development of the trait and, generally, increases as one goes distally from the deciduous second molar in the total molar field.
Saunders, Shelley R. and Mayhall, John T.
"Fluctuating Asymmetry of Dental Morphological Traits: New Interpretations,"
4, Article 12.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/humbiol/vol54/iss4/12