Why It Matters
Are we wiser with wisdom teeth?
A very common dental experience that most people share is that of having wisdom teeth removed. For some, it happens earlier than others. For some, it is a much more painful experience. While the experiences may vary, most experiences happen because our jaws cannot accommodate the size of the wisdom molars anymore. Check it out:
If wisdom teeth no longer serve the purpose that they were intended to and there is no longer room in the average size jaw for wisdom teeth, will we begin to adapt? Will we stop developing wisdom teeth? Understanding Genetics
- Can you think of any other features that humans no longer need? What function did it hold in the past? Here are a few to get you started:
- With the availability and accessibility of developing technology, we are not as disadvantaged if we are lacking a particular trait. For example, poor eyesight is improved through the use of glasses or laser eye surgery. Brainstorm a few different improvements technology has had on our natural deficiencies. Will technology affect the course of natural selection? Are humans still evolving by Darwin's natural selection?
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The Tech Museum. http://genetics.thetech.org/ask/ask223
Rachele Cooper. ScienceLine. http://scienceline.org/2007/02/ask-cooper-wisdomteeth/
George Bubenik. Scientific American. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-do-humans-get-goosebu
Neil Shubin. University of Chicago Magazine. http://magazine.uchicago.edu/0812/features/fish_out_of_water.shtml
Olly Bootle. BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12535647