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The story of the human body : evolution, health and disease

Author: Daniel Lieberman
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Story of the Human Body explores how the way we use our bodies is all wrong. From an evolutionary perspective, if normal is defined as what most people have done for millions of years, then it's normal to walk and run 9-15 kilometers a day to hunt and gather fresh food which is high in fibre, low in sugar, and barely processed. It's also normal to spend much of your time nursing, napping, making stone tools, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Lieberman
ISBN: 9780141399959 0141399953
OCLC Number: 885443912
Notes: Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2013.
Description: xii, 460 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: What are humans adapted for? --
Upstanding apes: how we became bipeds --
Much depends on dinner: how australopiths partly weaned us off fruit --
The first hunter-gatherers: how nearly modern bodies evolved in the human genus --
Energy in the ice age: how we evolved big brains along with large, fat, gradually growing bodies --
A very cultured species: how modern humans colonized the world with a combination of brains plus brawn --
Progress, mismatch, and dysevolution: the consequences-good and bad-of having paleolithic bodies in a post-paleolithic world --
Paradise lost?: the fruits and follies of becoming farmers --
Modern times, modern bodies: the paradox of human health in the industrial era --
The vicious circle of too much: why too much energy can make us sick --
Disuse: why we are losing it by not using it --
The hidden dangers of novelty and comfort: how everyday innovations can damage us --
Survival of the fitter: can evolutionary logic help cultivate a better future for the human body?
Responsibility: Daniel E. Lieberman.

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Shows how we need to change our world to fit our hunter-gatherer bodies. This book of popular science explores how the way we use our bodies is all wrong. It asks how our bodies got to be the way  Read more...

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Monumental. The Story of the Human Body, by one of our leading experts, takes us on an epic voyage that reveals how the past six million years shaped every part of us - our heads, limbs, and even our Read more...

 
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