IF YOU THINK YOU ARE YOU, THINK AGAIN.
PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history - from primate to transhuman - Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book investigates where we came from, who we are today and how modern technology will change us beyond recognition.
In the last two hundred years, humans have made such a tremendous impact on the world that our geological epoch is about to be declared the 'Anthropocene', or the Age of Man. But while we have been busy changing the shape of the world we inhabit, the ways of living that we have been building have, as if under the cover of darkness, been transforming our bodies and altering the expression of our DNA, too.
PRIMATE CHANGE beautifully unscrambles the complex architecture of our modern human bodies, built over millions of years and only starting to give up on us now.
'Our bodies are in a shock. Modern living is as bracing to the human body as jumping through a hole in the ice. Our bodies do not know what century they were born into and they are defending and deforming themselves in response'
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About the Author
Table of Contents
What Becomes You? 6
Part I 500,000,000-30,000BCE Primates Change: Movement, Mechanics & Migrations 26
Chapter 1 Getting Up & Running 36
Chapter 2 Stand Up 50
Winding Back 62
Part II 30,000BCE-1700CE Seeds, Settlements & Cities 66
Chapter 3 Planting Seeds, Processing Food & Life Under Cover 72
Chapter 4 Soil, Toil & Growth 89
Chapter 5 Exercise, Ergonomics & Life & Death In The City 105
Winding Back 122
Part III 1700-1910 Mines, Spines, Smoke & Steam 129
Chapter 6 Developing (Bad) Work Habits 151
Chapter 7 Early Air Pollution - or The Big Choke 173
Winding Back 182
Part IV 1910-present The Sedentary or "Digital" Revolution 188
Chapter 8 The Waist Land 216
Chapter 9 Drowning in Air 238
Winding Back 255
Part V The Future: Homo Sapiens Ineptus 264
Chapter 10 Hands & A Digital Revolution 266
Picture Credits 320