Shovel Shaped “Indian” Teeth

Indian Shovel TeethI’ve been asked the question about what shovel teeth really look like.  Finding good photos is really difficult.

One of our followers, Fletcher Freeman, who has contributed several articles, has also written about “Indian Teeth” on the Chowanoke Descendants Community website.  As mentioned in the article, “Thick Hair, Small Boobs, Shovel Shaped Teeth and More,” this mutation for shovel shaped teeth is an Asian mutation that happened about 35,000 years ago.  The good news is that because it’s fairly pronounced, it’s easy to determine if you have it or not, and is a good indicator of Native heritage.

Fletcher was kind enough to share with us a photo of his own shovel shaped teeth.  I have shovel shaped teeth too, all 4 of my top middle teeth.  In addition, they have a bony shaped ridge near the gumline that is very pronounced and extends down over part of the shovel shape, to about one fourth of the tooth.

Since this is a hereditary trait, and easy to discern, it’s also interesting to ask your parents and other family members if they have this trait.  Just be sure to ask while they still have their teeth:)  Dentures don’t count!

Fletcher, thank you so much for sharing!  Your teeth are now famous!


About robertajestes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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  4. lorieadair says:

    I have this trait but received DNA results that indicate 0% Native American DNA. What gives? My great aunt indicated my great-grandfather was part Native and the shovel-shaped teeth seems to support her claim…

    • anon says:

      You may have other ancestry. This trait is not limited to Native Americans. People from other regions of the world, like the eastern part of Asia, also have it. During the Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, there were many invasions of Europe from around what is today Mongolia, and some of those peoples settled in Europe, like the Tatars. Maybe you have significant Tatar ancestry.

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