News

Dr. Smith will lecture on How Teeth Shed Light On Our Evolutionary Past at the University of Queensland's Archaeology Seminar Series on Friday August 4th, 2017 at 3pm.

Daniel Green successfully defended his dissertation, Reconstructing Oxygen Isotope Seasonality in Large Herbivores Through Mineralization Modeling, Experimentation and Optimization on Monday December 19th, 2016.

Dr. Smith has joined the faculty of the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

Kate Carter successfully defended her dissertation, The Evolution of Third Molar Agenesis and Impaction, on Monday April 11th, 2016.

Dr. Smith is on sabbatical through June 2016 at the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

Watch Dr. Smith's lecture on Teeth and Human Evolution at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Predictors of Third Molar Impaction: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis by Kate Carter and Steven Worthington is now online in the Journal of Dental Research.

Neanderthal Behavioral Modernity and Symbolic Capabilities by Freshman Seminar student Liam McGill is now online in Field Notes.

The Leakey Foundation features research on chimpanzee dental development and life history on their funded projects blog.

Morphologic and Demographic Predictors of Third Molar Agenesis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis by Kate Carter and Steven Worthington is now online in the Journal of Dental Research.

Press Release: Complex Evolution of Human Dental Development.

Dental Hard Tissue Laboratory members Dr. Nancy Tang and Amanda Papakyrikos accept prestigious positions at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Stanford University, respectively.

Dr. Smith and the Dental Hard Tissue Lab are featured in a Science for the Public interview video.

Press Release: Tracking Diet Transitions During Infancy from Teeth.

Katherine Carter, a member of the Dental Hard Tissue Laboratory, wins The Albert A. Dahlberg Prize from the Dental Anthropology Association for the best student paper, "The Evolution of Third Molar Agenesis", at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Knoxville, TN.

Dental Hard Tissue Lab Group storms the American Association of Physical Anthropologists' (AAPA) 2013 Meeting with six presentations. To view photographs taken at the AAPA meeting, please visit the Image Gallery page.

Press Release and Supplemental Videos: First molar eruption, weaning, and life history in living wild chimpanzees.
Click here for the feature article in the Harvard Gazette, "Watching Teeth Grow". 

BBC Documentary "Virtual Autopsy" features synchrotron research on Neanderthal dental development.

HEB 1421 Fall 2011 student research published in the Spring 2012 issue of The Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal.

Press Release: Harvard Undergraduate Honors Thesis Research Published in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Evolutionary Anthropology Article: Developmental variation of the primate dentition: The 2011 AAPA Symposium in Honor of Don Reid. The symposium was organized by Dr. Tanya Smith and Dr. Deborah Guatelli-Steinberg.

Press Release: Synchrotron Reveals Human Children Outpaced Neanderthals by Slowing Down.
Audio & Video Links: NPR | BBC | Tanya M. Smith: A Bite Through Time (California Academy of Sciences)

Symbols Article: Peabody Museum's 2011 Symbols features research on fossil hominin tooth development.

Nature News Article: Neanderthals Matured Faster (Nature, 11.2010).

Research conducted by the Dental Hard Tissue Laboratory was featured in two PBS Nova Series"The Human Spark" and "Becoming Human," which aired November 17th, 2009 and January 6, 2010, respectively.

Dr. Smith's collaborative work with Dr. Paul Tafforeau (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) was featured in Discovery Magazine: The Secret Life of Fossils, July/August issue 2009.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is featuring a permanent exhibit on Evolution which includes an interview with Dr. Smith and other evolutionary biologists at Harvard University.

Science News Article: The Birth of Childhood (Science, 11.2008).

Dr. Smith's collaborative work with Dr. Paul Tafforeau (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) was featured in the October 2008 issue of National Geographic: The Last of the Neanderthals.

PBS "Human Spark" film crew causes a splash in Grenoble with Dr. Smith and Dr. Tafforeau.

Evidence for evolution from tooth growth featured in online exhibit.

Science News Article: Dental Evidence Suggests Neanderthals Matured Faster Than We Do (Science, 12.2007). Click here for the press release.

Science News Article: Paleontologists Get X-ray Vision (Science, 12.2007).

Press Release: How long is a child a child?