Faculty Convivium

The Faculty Convivium is a lecture series featuring SUNY Oneonta faculty who present their research and creative activity projects, accessible to the non-specialist, in a collegial atmosphere.

Questions? Comments? Email a member of the Faculty Convivium committee.


Spring 2022 Faculty Convivium #2

Thursday, April 7, noon-1 pm
Otsego Grille, Morris Conference Center

Kate McGrath (Anthropology)

"What Can Teeth and Bones Tell Us About Stress? 3D Studies of Our Fossil Ancestors and Primate Relatives"

Abstract: Teeth and bones serve as permanent records of early life experiences long after individuals die. Because teeth grow in layers somewhat like trees, stressful events such as illness and injury disrupt normal growth and create grooves that are visible on the surface of teeth. Our work in primates has shown that more severe early life stressors create deeper grooves in teeth, which means that we can use this feature to better understand the childhood experiences of long-extinct human ancestors, as we have with Neanderthals and other groups. We’ve also studied facial asymmetry and found that more inbred gorilla species have more asymmetric faces. Greater asymmetry has been linked to more stressful childhood environments and/or genetic stress. Our study suggests that facial asymmetry might be a reliable indicator of genetic health, supporting previous studies showing that people prefer to date and mate with symmetric-faced partners.

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Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call x2517 at least several days before the talk. Vegetarian meals are available.

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