Evolution's Bite: A Story of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins by Peter S. Ungar

By Peter S. Ungar

What the teeth can train us concerning the evolution of the human species

Whether we know it or no longer, we feature in our mouths the legacy of our evolution. Our tooth are like residing fossils that may be studied and in comparison to these of our ancestors to coach us how we turned human. In Evolution's Bite, famous paleoanthropologist Peter Ungar brings jointly for the 1st time state of the art advances in knowing human evolution and weather switch with new ways to uncovering nutritional clues from fossil enamel to give a amazing research into the ways in which teeth—their form, chemistry, and wear—reveal how we got here to be.

Ungar describes how a tooth's "foodprints"—distinctive styles of microscopic put on and tear—provide telltale information about what an animal really ate long ago. those clues, mixed with groundbreaking learn in paleoclimatology, exhibit how a altering weather altered the nutrition strategies on hand to our ancestors, what Ungar calls the biospheric buffet. whilst diets swap, species swap, and Ungar lines how vitamin and an unpredictable weather made up our minds who between our ancestors was once winnowed out and who survived, in addition to why we transitioned from the position of forager to farmer. by means of sifting during the evidence—and the scars on our teeth—Ungar makes the $64000 case for what may or will not be the main common nutrition for humans.

Traveling the 4 corners of the globe and mixing clinical breakthroughs with vibrant narrative, Evolution's Bite offers a distinct dental point of view on our incredible human development.

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