April 13, 2020
7:30 pm
J. James Woods Lecture Series

Woods Lecture Series: Tanya Smith: The Tales Teeth Tell

Professor Smith explores the evolution and development of the human dentition. Teeth preserve remarkably faithful records of daily growth and infant diet—as well as stress experienced during birth—for millions of years. Her research has helped to identify of the origins of a fundamental human adaptation: the costly yet advantageous shift from a “live fast and die young” strategy to the “live slow and grow old” tactic that has helped to make us one of the most successful mammals on the planet. Professor Smith’s research has been published in Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and highlighted in National GeographicNatureThe New York TimesScience, and Smithsonian magazines. Her first book, The Tales Teeth Tell, was published by MIT Press in 2018.  

Tanya Smith is a Professor in the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution and the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required.