Are you keen on science? Are you interested in participating in a worldwide citizen science project? Are you fascinated by forensic science?
If so, you've come to the right place!
This project is run by a real life forensic anthropologist, and is about teeth. It is designed to gather information about your age, ethnicity and the teeth you have in your mouth, to see if what we think we know about when teeth erupt is accurate. At the moment, if an unknown body is found, forensic scientists (like forensic anthropologists and forensic odontologists) examine the teeth and work out how old the person was when s/he died by noting which teeth have erupted, and comparing this to reference data. This data then gives the scientist an age range, which can help the police narrow down the list of possible people that the body could be. The problem is that this data is out of date, and there is lots of variation between populations.
That's where YOU come in. We can improve this data set by getting as many people as possible to complete our survey. That way, we can build up a mega-database of ages and tooth eruption and ethnicities, and build up a really useful bank of data for scientists to use in the future.
If you have used this website before you may have noticed some recent changes, I am Sam a new placement student taking over the website for the next year.
I have just finished 2 years of biochemistry at the University of Huddersfield and I am taking a year out to get people into citizen science and try our survey. Although I am a Biochemistry student I have an interest in the field of forensic and hope to move onto toxicology.
The aim of the project this year for me is to gain enough responses (about 1000) to the website so I can produce an article and do statistical tests to see if a modern populations dental eruption is significantly different to the populations originally tested by Uberlaker.