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Evolution's bite, a story of teeth, diet, and human origins, Peter S. Ungar

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Evolution's bite, a story of teeth, diet, and human origins, Peter S. Ungar
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-228) and index
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Evolution's bite
Nature of contents
bibliography
Oclc number
962355084
Responsibility statement
Peter S. Ungar
Sub title
a story of teeth, diet, and human origins
Summary
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. 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. When diets change, species change, and Ungar traces how diet and an unpredictable climate determined who among our ancestors was winnowed out and who survived, as well as why we transitioned from the role of forager to farmer. By sifting through the evidence--and the scars on our teeth--Ungar makes the important case for what might or might not be the most natural diet for humans
Table Of Contents
Introduction -- How teeth work -- How teeth are used -- Out of the garden -- Our changing world -- Foodprints -- What made us human -- The Neolithic revolution -- Victims of our own success
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