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Narwhal: An Extraordinary Tusk

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin Colleger
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine 04011
United States

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Dr. Martin T. Nweeia, lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and clinical assistant professor at the Case School of Dental Medicine, will talk about his landmark studies on narwhal tusk sensory function.

How does a narwhal use its strange, long, spiral tusk? Martin Nweeia, a practicing dentist and research scientist, has been studying the purpose and sensory function of the narwhal tusk for over a dozen years in an effort to answer that question. His research team includes western scientists, veterinarians, and Inuit hunters from Canada and Greenland. Dr. Nweeia will discuss some of the surprising discoveries made by this international research group. Also, he will explain how the team has used both western field science, laboratory techniques, and Inuit knowledge in their endeavors.

Sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center.
Free and open to the public.
Call (207) 725-3416 or visit for more information.

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