Fang! The Killing Tooth explores the biology of the “killing” canine and the history of the vampire myth. Through objects, video, and text, you will be able to compare fangs from a range of different animals, investigate stories of ancient blood-sucking beings, and even get a new perspective on your own killing teeth.
The display will include a video of Dr. Janet Monge, Acting Curator-in-Charge and Keeper of the Physical Anthropology Section, discussing physical and cultural aspects of blood and the evolution of the canine tooth as they relate to vampire mythology.
Volunteers and students from the Physical Anthropology Section at the Penn Museum show off the a human, baboon, gorilla, sabre tooth tiger, and cat skull