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Fossil teeth reveal how brains developed in utero over millions of years of human evolution

Fossilized bones help tell the story of what human beings and our predecessors were doing hundreds of thousands of years ago. But how can you learn about important parts of our ancestors’ life cycle – like pregnancy or gestation – that leave no obvious trace in the fossil record?


Our ancestors’ prenatal growth sped up after we split from chimps

High prenatal growth rates found in modern people may have first evolved in ancient hominids less than a million years ago, according to estimates based on fossil teeth.

Human fetuses grow by around 11.6 grams per day on average – considerably faster than the fetuses of gorillas, the…

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