Evolution's Bite: A Story of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins

Evolution's Bite: A Story of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins

by Peter Ungar


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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 teeth—their shape, chemistry, and wear—reveal 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780691182834
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 565,756
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

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

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

Notes 209

Index 229

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“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

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