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Foetal tooth detail, Light micrograph.

Foetal tooth detail, Light micrograph.

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STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Foetal tooth. Coloured light micrograph (LM) of a section through the tip of unerupted foetal tooth. The first set of teeth begin to develop around six weeks after conception. The permanent teeth begin to develop around a month after this. The foetal tooth is capped with a layer of enamel (red), with a layer of dentine (cyan) beneath this. The pale region below these is the pulp. A layer of ameloblasts (purple) forming the enamel, and odontoblasts (blue) forming the dentine, are present. Magnification: x160 when printed 10cm tall.

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