Whether we realize it or not, we carry in our mouths the legacy of our evolution. Our teeth are like living fossils that can be studied and compared to those of our ancestors to teach us how we became human. In Evolution’s Bite, noted paleoanthropologist Peter Ungar brings together for the first time cutting-edge advances in understanding human evolution with new approaches to uncovering dietary clues from fossil teeth. The result is a remarkable investigation into the ways that teeththeir shape, chemistry, and wearreveal how we came to be. Traveling the four corners of the globe and combining scientific breakthroughs with vivid narrative, Evolution’s Bite presents a unique dental perspective on our astonishing human development.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Peter S. Ungar is Distinguished Professor and director of the Environmental Dynamics Program at the University of Arkansas.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 How Teeth Work 5
Chapter 2 How Teeth Are Used 34
Chapter 3 Out of the Garden 60
Chapter 4 Our Changing World 87
Chapter 5 Foodprints 110
Chapter 6 What Made Us Human 140
Chapter 7 The Neolithic Revolution 169
Chapter 8 Victims of Our Own Success 198
What People are Saying About This
“From the start, Mr. Ungar places the evolutionary changes of teeth within the history of scientific discovery. Researchers and their methods have as much presence as the facts they discovered and the hypotheses they developed, providing readers with a short course on the deep science of dental anatomy.”Brian Switek, Wall Street Journal