The Story of the Human Body PDF ePub eBook

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  • Format Name: The Story of the Human Body
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  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Data Published: 01 October 2013
  • ISBN: 0307379418
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  • File Size: 15MB
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 480 pages
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In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman--chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field--gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease. " ""The Story of the Human Body" brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism- the shift to a non-fruit-based diet- the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism- the development of a very large brain- and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. While these ongoing changes have brought about many benefits, they have also created conditions to which our bodies are not entirely adapted, Lieberman argues, resulting in the growing incidence of obesity and new but avoidable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Lieberman proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of "dysevolution," a pernicious dynamic whereby only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies are treated. And finally--provocatively--he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment. (With charts and line drawings throughout.)

About Daniel Lieberman

Daniel E. Lieberman is professor of human evolutionary biology and the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences at Harvard. He has written more than one hundred articles, many appearing in the journals "Nature "and "Science. "Lieberman is especially well known for his research on the evolution of the human head and the evolution of running, including barefoot running (earning him the nickname the Barefoot Professor). His research and discoveries have been highlighted widely in newspapers, magazines, books, news programs, and documentaries.

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    Lillard
    25 June 2016

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    Pannhoff
    30 April 2016

    Thank you so much Lin, it was great to be involved with your book! Great to hear it is going so well.

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      Felontrius
      19 July 2016

      Awww! Thank you SOO much, Jennifer!!This is why I write, to know that my little book caused you a few minutes of enjoymentЙit just means the world to me!!Thank you again for letting me know!

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      Wilma
      10 April 2016

      such wonderful writing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    Sawada
    30 March 2016

    These are some excellent tips to remember, Mary! No. 7 re: anthologies seem so obvious, yet I doubt I would know to do this in the heat of the moment. I must remember to keep these tips handy on my person . . . perhaps on the back of a bookplate?

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