samnoblemuseumOn #NationalDentistDay, we're giving a shoutout to our very own dental expert, Nick Czaplewski, Ph.D. Nick is an expert on bat teeth! "This is a scanning electron micrograph (two views) of a tiny tooth of a fossil bat from the Miocene of Brazil. It’s similar enough to teeth of related bats to identify the family to which it belongs (Thyropteridae, the disc-winged bats), yet distinctive enough to tell that it’s different from the known species in that family. Ken Campbell of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and I are publishing this as a new genus and species, to appear in Contributions in Science soon. The tooth is about 7 to 9 million years old." -- Nick
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