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Great science writing by an excellent scientist,
This review is from: The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today (Hardcover)
I have eagerly awaited this newest offering from Rob Dunn since reading his excellent first book, Every Living Thing: Man's Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys, which examined the dogged pursuit of scientists to classify the diversity of life. This insightful new book tackles the complex ecological interactions that shape human biology. His central thesis is that our shared evolutionary history with other species (big and small) shapes all aspects of the human experience - health and fitness, anatomy and physiology, neurobiology and psychology, genetics and the human genome, etc. These inescapable facts are not news to most biologists, but Rob has a special talent for distilling intricate scientific concepts using insightful, clear, and humorous prose that should be both accessible and engaging to a diverse audience. This highly entertaining work informs us why appreciating our humble past can enrich our day-to-day lives and help shape our uncertain future.