Teeth and Human Evolution

Teeth and Human Evolution

A free and public lecture about the use of teeth in understanding human evolution.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

Modern humans and our closest-living ape relatives differ in developmental and reproductive biology, as well as in lifespans, but evolutionary anthropologists do not know when these distinctive characteristics evolved. It might seem that our development is invisible in the fossil record, but much can be learned from the faithful records of birth and growth embedded in teeth. In this free, public, illustrated lecture, Tanya Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, will discuss how she studies fossil teeth with state-of-the-art technologies to gain virtual access to these records and share what this research reveals about differences between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens, and about our evolution over the past seven million years.

Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

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