Development, Function and Evolution of Teeth


Mark F. Teaford, Professor of Anatomy, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Moya Meredith Smith, Professor of Evolutionary Dentoskeletal Biology, University of London
Mark W. J. Ferguson, Professor of Basic Dental Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester.

Book Description

Publication Date: August 7, 2000 | ISBN-10: 0521570115 | ISBN-13: 978-0521570114 | Edition: 1
Advances in genetics, histology, microstructure, biomechanics, and morphometrics have allowed researchers to view teeth and dental tissue from new perspectives. Written by leading experts in the field, this book brings together overviews on a wide range of dental topics. The contributors discuss the latest research linking genes, molecules, and developmental mechanisms within an evolutionary framework. This book will stimulate cooperative research in fields as diverse as paleontology, molecular biology, developmental biology, and functional morphology.

Editorial Reviews


“The editing of the book has been done very carefully. The illustrations are good…It is up to date and constitutes an important contribution to current discourse on the ontogenry and evolution of teeth.” Historical Biology
“The editors and contributors merit deserved praise for their accomplishment. This is a work of breathtaking scope and uniform high quality. It does more than just open doors, it provides both the key to the lock and the screwdriver for the hinges, enabling the reader to barge right into the middle of this exciting and dynamic field. By bringing these different approaches together in common focus, this book departs from current trends in scientific publication about teeth and other mineralized tissues, and opens new ground into the evolutionary history of tooth shape that is of of special interest to paleontology…this book could serve as a unifying theme for a graduate seminar. With supplemental background readings, it would be accessible and useful to graduate students in several disciplines.” PALAIOS August 2001

Book Description

This book gives an overview of the latest research on teeth, for the first time linking genes, molecules and development mechanisms within an evolutionary framework. As it brings together eminent researchers from a wide variety of fields, it will stimulate fruitful new avenues of co-operative research between scientists working in different disciplines. Packed with the latest insights, this volume will be an important acquisition for everyone working on the evolution and development of teeth and jaws.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521570115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521570114
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds


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