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The Tales Teeth Tell
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Tanya M. Smith is Professor in the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She has held a professorship at Harvard University, and fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

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The Tales Teeth Tell is an accessible, personal, often funny and occasionally controversial look into the murk of human evolution...[the book] is chock full of fascinating science, but it's also the personal story of a woman of science immersed in her work.-Shelf Awareness

In a time when people are more interested than ever in where they came from, The Tales Teeth Tell gives readers a way to look beyond a DNA cheek swab for information about their pasts, both recent and deep....By the end of her tooth-centric tour through childhood, the distant past, and modern cultures, Smith will have convinced you that your teeth are time machines.

-Massive Science
The Tales Teeth Tell might make you more impressed by what's in your mouth - or put a smile on your face with its weird facts about primate dentistry and the shrinking grins of modern-day humans. The book is written by an academic and has plenty of notes. But it's accessible to science-minded readers.-Washington Post

Biological anthropologist Tanya Smith drills into what disinterred teeth, as "sophisticated time machines", can tell us about individuals, our species and the deep past. Her study - technically chewy yet thoroughly engaging - examines the human story through dental development, evolution and related behaviour, interlacing vivid anecdotes from her scientific career. The result is a mix of fascinating findings at all scales, from scanning electron microscopy displaying the exquisite geometry of enamel prisms, to toothpick use among hominins some 2 million years ago.

-Nature

A mix of fascinating findings at all scales, from scanning electron microscopy displaying the exquisite geometry of enamel prisms, to toothpick use among hominins some 2 million years ago.

-Nature

Smith's writing is informative, absorbing, and manages to elegantly cover a wide range of topics.

-The Inquisitive Biologist

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