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Dr. Mark F. Teaford

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High Point University
Track And Field Office 833 Montlieu Avenue
High Point , North Carolina 27262
United States

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Employment History


  • Ph.D. , Anthropology
  • PhD
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SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Biological Anthropology [cached]
This AAAS session was organized by Mark Teaford of the Johns Hopkins University. (Science Daily)
Our ancestors ate everything - [cached]
"This new information implies that early humans evolved and altered their diet according to seasonal and other changes in order to survive," Nature quoted Mark Teaford, professor of functional anatomy and evolution at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
So it's a huge step to have a reliable technology that detects subtler diet variations," Teaford added.
American Association Anatomists, 2 Mar 2003 [cached]
Department Chair: Mark Teaford, Ph.D.
Peter Ungar , associate professor of ..., 21 Feb 2001 [cached]
Peter Ungar , associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas , and Mark Teaford , professor of cell biology and anatomy at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine , report their findings in the Dec. 5 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Apes, on the other hand, such ..., 14 Nov 2012 [cached]
Apes, on the other hand, such as chimpanzees, do not eat that stuff, said Mark Teaford, co-editor of the Journal of Human Evolution and professor at High Point University, who was not involved in the study.
Although primates have a wide range of plant foods in their diet, their meals broadly fall into the category of leaves, fruits and nuts -- in other words, more "woody" plants.
Considering the similar anatomy of early humans to other primates, Teaford says it doesn't necessarily follow that they would be eating a lot of grasses and sedges.
"To be able to look at the isotope work and say, this thing is eating a diet fairly similar to some more recent ones, it's surprising," Teaford said.
Australopithecus bahrelghazali is the earliest example of a human ancestor who may have been eating grasses and sedges, and it's more than 1.5 million years older than a previously-identified example of a hominin with this diet.
"Here you have this early human ancestor and you say, 'Wow, what's allowing it to do this?' " Teaford said. "Maybe we're naïve in terms of our perspective on what's required to process these foods efficiently."
Teaford, independent of this new study, does work on the microscopic wear on the teeth of ancient human ancestors. There's evidence in that line of research also that the diet of our early humans was not quite like that of other primates such as chimpanzees and baboons.
It's possible that these results reflect, instead, that human ancestors were eating animals that were eating grasses and sedges. However, Teaford said that based on the strength of the carbon isotope signal from the fossils, it is probably not based on this indirect consumption of the plants. Also, different kinds of teeth probably would have been required to cut up tough meat.
More research should be done to firm up these theories, however.
This study is only based on two individuals, and the researchers could only investigate what these early humans ate during the time period when their teeth were forming -- i.e. when they were young, notes Peter Ungar, anthropologist at the University of Arkansas who co-authored a book on the human diet with Teaford.
Teaford said.
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