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Evolution's Bite:
A Story of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins
Peter S. Ungar

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"The revelation of not only how the science is done, but also what a huge difference a tangential idea such as Ungar’s topographic analysis can make, is one of the great delights and strengths of the book. Our mouths are full of history. Evolution’s Bite will change forever how you see your early morning smile."--Adrian Barnett, New Scientist

"A challenging and fascinating book . . . With three decades of experience traveling around the world to observe animals and view fossils and conducting research in his lab, Ungar displays much wisdom, humor and cutting-edge scientific knowledge . . . The Arkansas scholar definitely gives his readers plenty of food for thought."--Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, The Jerusalem Post

"A book that traverses Indonesian monkey-filled jungles to Tanzanian villages, Evolution’s Bite is the sort of science book you’ll want to chew on."--Inverse Magazine

"This is a wonderful book! Ungar is a world-class researcher on dental evolution who also knows how to write captivatingly for a general reader. The book is hard to put down, blending stories about colleagues with clear explanations of scientific analysis."--Choice


"The story of how we became human is recorded in our teeth. With wit and expertise, Peter Ungar shows us how scientists use clues in ancient teeth to reveal what our ancestors ate, how they looked, and how they adapted to climate change, hunting, cooking, and lousy paleodiets. Anyone who wants to know where we came from and how we ended up with such messed up teeth and jaws should read Evolution’s Bite."--Ann Gibbons, author of The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors

"With grace and clarity, Peter Ungar leads us through the complex world of discovering fossil and modern teeth and the clues they reveal to our evolutionary history. In the process, he teaches us much about the mechanisms of evolution itself. I highly recommend this book not only to those in the field but also to those who want to understand how we know what we know."--Pat Shipman, author of The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction

"A compelling tale, Evolution’s Bite highlights the ways our teeth work and the clues they preserve about our evolutionary origin. Serving as an eloquent guide to fossil teeth, past environments, and archeological finds, Peter Ungar shows how the union of scientific fields shapes the profound story of food, diet, and evolution."--Rick Potts, director of the Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution

"This impressive book serves as a window into human history through the lens of teeth and diet. Ungar's seamless narrative brings bits of bone and teeth to life, and does so against a vivid backdrop in which paleoanthropologists arrive at their conclusions about why, how, and what we eat. This book is a pleasure to read--Ungar has that rare gift of engaging us through personal insight while simultaneously explaining complex scientific principles."Joanna E. Lambert, University of Colorado, Boulder

"Evolution's Bite is not simply about teeth--it brings together evidence from geology, paleontology, biology, climatology, and even materials science in order to show how our dynamic relationship with the environment shaped who we are today. An enjoyable read."Shara Bailey, New York University

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