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


Overview - "Anextraordinary book.... With clarity and charm Dunn] takes the reader into theoverlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an importantdomain of the human condition." --EdwardO. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life

BiologistRob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health, our well-being, and our world in The WildLife of Our Bodies-- a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of natureand codependence.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"Anextraordinary book.... With clarity and charm Dunn] takes the reader into theoverlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an importantdomain of the human condition." --EdwardO. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life

BiologistRob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health, our well-being, and our world in The WildLife of Our Bodies--a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of natureand codependence. Dunn illuminates the nuanced, often imperceptible relationshipsthat exist between homo sapiens and other species, relationships that underpinhumanity's ability to thrive and prosper in every circumstance. Readers ofMichael Pollan's TheOmnivore's Dilemma will be enthralled by Dunn's powerful, lucid explorationof the role that humankind plays within the greater web of life on Earth.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061806483
  • ISBN-10: 006180648X
  • Publisher: HarperTorch
  • Publish Date: June 2011
  • Page Count: 290
  • Dimensions: 9.44 x 6.37 x 1.07 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.11 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-05-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this snappy, popular science look at the human condition, North Carolina State biologist Dunn (Every Living Thing) argues that our lives and our bodily functions (including the immune system) are intimately linked to species that live on and around us. Dunn offers lots of eye-popping biological tidbits—such as how worms may set you free if you suffer from a variety of stomach disorders; or the supposedly useless appendix actually helps the microbes in our guts; and scary movies satisfy our brain parts that still tell us we're being chased by predators. Ticks and lice may have triggered our relatively hairless evolution. Yet there's far more than fun facts; Dunn begs us to look toward a future in which we interact more with the species we have moved away from. Dunn challenges us to view a "web of life in which we evolved, that once shaped us and whose rediscovery could benefit our bodies and our health." (July)

 
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