Teeth : a very short introduction

Peter S. Ungar

Teeth are amazing - the product of half a billion years of evolution. They provide fuel for the body by breaking apart other living things; and they must do it again and again over a lifetime without themselves being broken in the process. This means that plants and animals have developed tough or hard tissues for protection, and teeth have evolved ways to sharpen or strengthen themselves to overcome those defences. And just as different jobs require different tools, animals with different diets have different shaped teeth to deal with the variety of foods that they eat. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter S. Ungar, an award-winning author and leading scientist, presents the story of teeth. Ungar outlines the key concepts, including insights into the origin of teeth and their evolution. Considering why teeth are important, he describes how they are made, and how they work, including their fundamental importance in the fossil record. Ungar finishes with a review of mammal teeth, looking at how they evolved and how recent changes to our diet are now affecting dental health. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • 1. Teeth matter
  • 2. Types and parts of teeth
  • 3. What teeth do: food and feeding
  • 4. The origin of teeth and teeth in non-mammals
  • 5. The evolution of teeth in mammals
  • 6. Mammal teeth today
  • 7. Human teeth and their history
  • 8. Endless forms
  • Further reading

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書名 Teeth : a very short introduction
著作者等 Ungar, Peter S.
シリーズ名 Very short introductions
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2014
ページ数 xiv, 137 p.
大きさ 18 cm
ISBN 9780199670598
NCID BB15181668
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス