Do crocodile smiles hold the secret to regrowing teeth?

Rather than head to the dentist to stave off tooth decay, crocodiles just grow fresh chompers, research shows. Could we do the same one day?

Eric Stann-Missouri | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution regeneration teeth

Gorillas crack into walnuts despite having the wrong teeth

Gorillas have teeth that are best for chomping on fruit and leaves, so researchers were surprised to see them using brute force to bite into nuts.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Aug. 9, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology food gorillas teeth walnuts

Monkey from 18 million years ago was teeny tiny

Scientists in Peru's Amazon jungle have uncovered the 18-million-year-old remains of the smallest fossil monkey ever found.

Robin Smith-Duke | July 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology amazon evolution fossils primates teeth

Weird skull belongs to narwhal-beluga hybrid

DNA and stable isotope analysis indicate the skull belonged to a male, first-generation narwhal-beluga hybrid.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen | June 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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‘Running hyenas’ once hunted and scavenged in the Arctic

"Chasmaporthetes probably hunted herds of ice age caribou and horses or scavenged carcasses of mammoths on the vast steppe-tundra..."

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | June 18, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology arctic fossils hyenas predators teeth

Maybe big businesses aren’t so bad at innovation

Conventional wisdom says Crest Whitestrips never should have happened because big companies lag at innovation. Not so, research finds.

Kurt Greenbaum-WUSTL | June 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business innovation teeth

Childhood trauma boosts risk of later tooth loss

"...it really seems that dental health is rooted in adverse experiences you encounter over the life course, particularly in childhood."

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan | May 29, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine abuse childrens-health dentistry teeth trauma

Why S. America got more grass-eaters 6M years ago

About 7 to 6 million years ago, the the Hadley circulation intensified, changing the mammals of South America.

Mari Jensen-Arizona | May 2, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology climate-change grasses mammals south-america teeth

Would you let tiny robots clean your teeth?

In the future, a microscopic cleaning crew of robots could be getting the plaque off your teeth.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn | April 25, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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3 tips for avoiding ‘wine teeth’

Want to keep your teeth merry and bright during this holiday season? Here are 3 things you can do to steer clear of the dreaded "wine teeth."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Dec. 21, 2018 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine food holidays teeth wine

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