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Evolution's Bite.

Author: Peter S Ungar
Publisher: Princeton University Press, 2017.
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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  Read more...
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Ungar, Peter S.
Evolution's Bite.
Princeton University Press, 2017
(OCoLC)962355084
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter S Ungar
ISBN: 1400884756 9781400884759
OCLC Number: 983475573
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 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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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.

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"In Evolution's Bite, palaeoanthropologist Peter Ungar offers a compelling account of how the interaction of teeth, diet and environment has shaped human evolution."--Louise Humphrey, Nature Read more...

 
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