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Oxford University Press
08 April 2014
Dentistry; Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Animal physiology
Teeth are amazing - the product of half a billion years of evolution. They provide fuel for the body by breaking apart other living things; and they must do it again and again over a lifetime without themselves being broken in the process. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter S. Ungar, an award-winning author and leading scientist, presents the story of teeth. Ungar outlines the key concepts, including insights into the origin of teeth and their evolution. Considering why teeth are important, he describes how they are made, and how they work, including their fundamental importance in the fossil record. Ungar finishes with a review of mammal teeth, looking at how they evolved and how recent changes to our diet are now affecting dental health.
By:   Peter S. Ungar (Distinguished Professor and Chair of Anthropology Distinguished Professor and Chair of Anthropology Department of Anthropology University of Arkansas)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 174mm,  Width: 114mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   122g
ISBN:   9780199670598
ISBN 10:   0199670595
Series:   Very Short Introductions
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   08 April 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter S. Ungar received his PhD in Anthropological Sciences from Stony Brook University and taught Gross Anatomy in the medical schools at Johns Hopkins and Duke before moving to the University of Arkansas, where he now serves as Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology. He has written or co-authored more than 125 scientific papers on ecology and evolution for books and journals including Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and authored the book Mammal Teeth: Origin, Evolution, and Diversity (John Hopkins University Press), which won the 2010 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers for the best book in the biological sciences.

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