The evolution of tooth eruption in mammals
with Tesla Monson
Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Restaurant Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Ave. Albany
Why do we have wisdom teeth? And why do so many people need to have them extracted? Teeth are extremely important biological structures that act as a physical interface between mammals and their environment. A great deal is known about the biology of how teeth erupt into the mouth. However, there still remains significant disagreement on the factors driving the evolution of tooth eruption in mammals. To address this, Dr. Monson examined the teeth of more than 8,000 animals at museums in the United States, South Africa, and Ethiopia. Her research investigates the relationship between tooth eruption and traits like body size, longevity, and litter size. For the East Bay Science Café, Dr. Monson will talk about why teeth are so important and discuss what the timing and sequence of tooth eruption can tell us about humans as well as other mammals.