As modern science as developed, many of the rituals that older generations considered a rite of passage (chicken pox parties are a good example of this) have been made obsolete by advancements in modern medicine. One that’s endured, however, is wisdom tooth surgery. Here are some interesting facts about humans’ third molar that might entertain you on the way to the oral surgeon.
They Haven’t Served a Purpose for Thousands of Years
Wisdom teeth are a relic of a time when prehistoric humans subsisted largely on raw meat, roots, and leaves. Because of this, the human jaw needed extra powerful teeth in order to break down foods. Now, however, with the change in diet and inventions in modern cooking, wisdom teeth have been made obsolete. Not only that, but they’re actually a problematic part of our evolution. Sometime between 800,000 and 200,000 years ago, the human brain began to change in size, g