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Make your own bite impression

You will need:

  • Carbon paper
  • Normal paper


In this experiment you'll try biting down on a folded piece of paper with a slip of carbon paper inside.

On the inside of the paper you'll make an impression of either the upper or lower part of your jaw

1. See if you can pick out your individual teeth and decide how they would be best used (side to side plant chewing, or sharp cutters for tearing meat).

2. You can also get an impression of your teeth by biting into some dough (just ignore the taste!).

3. Get the bite on your family and friends!

Teeth play an important part in the classification of dinosaurs because teeth are very durable, and are often well preserved.

You can read about new discoveries on dinosaur teeth at Cosmos magazine

Also, teeth impressions are used in Forensic Science. Bite marks can be traced back to the individual dentistry of a suspect... vampires

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