The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today

The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today

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by Rob Dunn
     
 

“An extraordinary book. . . . With clarity and charm [Dunn] takes the reader into the overlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an important domain of the human condition.”—Edward O. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life

Biologist Rob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have

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“An extraordinary book. . . . With clarity and charm [Dunn] takes the reader into the overlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an important domain of the human condition.”—Edward O. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life

Biologist Rob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health, our well being, and our world in The Wild Life of Our Bodies—a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of nature and codependence. Dunn illuminates the nuanced, often imperceptible relationships that exist between homo sapiens and other species, relationships that underpin humanity’s ability to thrive and prosper in every circumstance. Readers of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma will be enthralled by Dunn’s powerful, lucid exploration of the role that humankind plays within the greater web of life on Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061806483
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
582,589
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I Who We All Used to Be

1 The Origins of Humans and the Control of Nature 3

Part II Why We Sometimes Need Worms and Whether or Not You Should Rewild Your Gut

2 When Good Bodies Go Bad (and Why) 17

3 The Pronghorn Principle and What Our Guts Flee 30

4 The Dirty Realities of What to Do When You Are Sick and Missing Your Worms 45

Part III What Your Appendix Does and How It Has Changed

5 Several Things the Gut Knows and the Brain Ignores 61

6 I Need My Appendix (and So Do My Bacteria) 91

Part IV How We Tried to Tame Cows (and Crops) but Instead They Tamed Us, and Why It Made Some of Us Fat

7 When Cows and Grass Domesticated Humans 111

8 So Who Cares If Your Ancestors Sucked Milk from Aurochsen? 130

Part V How Predators Left Us Scared, Pathos-ridden, and Covered in Goose Bumps

9 We Were Hunted, Which Is Why All of Us Are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us Are Afraid All of the Time 143

10 From Flight to Fight 155

11 Vermeij's Law of Evolutionary Consequences and How Snakes Made the World 164

12 Choosing Who Lives 181

Part VI The Pathogens That Left Us Hairless and Xenophobic

13 How Lice and Ticks (and Their Pathogens) Made Us Naked and Gave Us Skin Cancer 203

14 How the Pathogens That Made Us Naked Also Made Us Xenophobic, Collectivist, and Disgusted 217

Part VII The Future of Human Nature

15 The Reluctant Revolutionary of Hope 233

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 263

Index 279

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