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What We Are Reading Today: Evolution's Bite by Peter S. Ungar.

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 and climate change with new approaches to uncovering dietary clues from fossil teeth to present a remarkable investigation into the ways that teeth -- their shape, chemistry, and wear -- reveal how we came to be.

Ungar describes how a tooth's "foodprints" -- distinctive patterns of microscopic wear and tear -- provide telltale details about what an animal actually ate in the past, according to a review on the Princeton University Press website.

These clues, combined with groundbreaking research in paleoclimatology, demonstrate how a changing climate altered the food options available to our ancestors, what Ungar calls the biospheric buffet.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Nov 28, 2018
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