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The evolution of tooth eruption in mammals

September 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

- Free

Why do we have wisdom teeth? And why do so many people need to have them extracted? Teeth are extremely important biological structures that act as a physical interface between mammals and their environment. A great deal is known about the biology of how teeth erupt into the mouth. However there still remains significant disagreement on the factors driving the evolution of tooth eruption in mammals. To address this Dr. Monson examined the teeth of more than 8000 animals at museums in the United States South Africa and Ethiopia. Her research investigates the relationship between tooth eruption and traits like body size longevity and litter size. For the East Bay Science Café Dr. Monson will talk about why teeth are so important and discuss what the timing and sequence of tooth eruption can tell us about humans as well as other mammals.Speaker: Dr. Tesla Monson UC Berkeley


September 6, 2017
7:00 pm