“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.
“A pleasure to read. He is not a biologist moonlighting as a writer; he is both. Dunn also does a wonderful job interspersing history, research, and speculation with real-life human beings. He has a natural flair for drama and tension . . . a highly readable, informative mashing of ideas and disciplines.”
Pt. I. Who we all used to be. 1. The origins of humans and the control of nature -- Pt. II. Why we sometimes need worms and whether or not you should rewild your gut. 2. When good bodies go bad (and why) -- 3. The Pronghorn principle and what our guts flee -- 4. The dirty realities of what to do when you are sick and missing your worms -- Pt. III. What your appendix does and how it has changed. 5. Several things the gut knows and the brain ignores -- 6. I need my appendix (and so do my bacteria) -- Pt. IV. How we tried to tame cows (cand crops) but instead they tamed us, and why it made some of us fat. 7. When cows and grass domesticated humans -- 8. So who cares if your ancestors sucked milk from aurochsen? -- Pt. V. How predators left us scared, pathos-ridden, and covered in goose bumps. 9. We are hunted, which is why all of us are afraid some of the time and some of us are afraid all of the time -- 10. From flight to fight -- 11. Vermeij's law of evolutionary consequences and how snakes made the world -- 12. Choosing who lives -- Pt. VI. The pathogens that left us hairless and xenophobic. 13. How lice and ticks (and their pathogens) mae us naked and gave us skin cancer -- 14. How the pathogens that made us naked also made us xenophobic, collectivist, and disgusted -- Pt. VII. The future of human nature. 15. The reluctant revolutionary of hope.
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 21st June 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia