Prof. Tanya Smith

Dr. 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. She has previously held a professorship at Harvard University and fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Dr. 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” strategy that has helped to make us one of the most successful mammals on the planet. Her first popular science book, The Tales Teeth Tell, was published in 2018 by MIT Press.


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