The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease Author Daniel Lieberman
ISBN-10 030774180X
ISBN-13 9780307741806
Year 2014-07-01
Pages 480
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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In this landmark book of popular science Daniel E Lieberman gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years He illuminates the major transformations that contributed to key adaptations to the body the rise of bipedalism the shift to a non fruit based diet the advent of hunting and gathering and how cultural changes like the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions have impacted us physically He shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning a paradox greater longevity but increased chronic disease And finallyprovocativelyhe advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge push and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment and pursue better lifestyles With charts and line drawings throughout

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