• 30-Second Genetics The 50 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in Genetics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-Second Genetics The 50 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in Genetics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9780711252387
    Title: 30-Second Genetics The 50 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in Genetics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: WEITZMAN JONATHAN & WEITZMAN MATTHEW


    Genetics is the study of heredity, and reveals how the characteristics of living organisms are determined by the genes passed down the generations.

    The human genome was mapped in 2003, and this enhanced ability to study our genes is transforming medicine, from CRISPR, the gene editing technology that allows us to alter the course of hereditary disease, to using genetics to identify the types of bacteria that populate our bodies.

    Stripping the subject to its bare necessities, 30-Second Genetics charts the most extraordinary discoveries, from the fundamentals of cell biology to the almost unbelievable advances in DNA sequencing and stem cell technology.



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  • Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    ISBN: 9781526608291
    Title: Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    Author: STEELE ANDREW

    Ageless is a guide to the science driving biology's biggest story: why we get old, and how we can stop it.'An absolute tour de force' Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer, SENS Research FoundationAgeing - not cancer, not heart disease - is the world's leading cause of death and suffering. We accept as inevitable that as we get older our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate, and we are increasingly likely to be struck by dementia or disease. Ageing is so deeply ingrained in human experience that we never think to ask: is it necessary?Biologists, on the other hand, have been investigating that question for years.Ageless introduces us to the cutting-edge research that is paving the way for a revolution in medicine. It takes us inside the laboratories where scientists are studying every aspect of the body - DNA, mitochondria, stem cells, our immune systems, even longevity genes that have helped animals to a tenfold increase in lifespan - all in an effort to forestall or reverse our decline.Computational biologist Andrew Steele explains what is happening as we age and practical ways we can help slow down the process. He reveals how understanding the scientific implications of ageing could lead to the greatest discovery in the history of medicine - one that has the potential to improve billions of lives, save trillions of dollars, and transform the human condition.

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  • Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    ISBN: 9781474606455
    Title: Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD & WONG YAN

    A fully updated edition of one of the most original accounts of evolution ever written, featuring new fractal diagrams, six new 'tales' and the latest scientific developments.

    THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life. It is a journey happily interrupted by meetings of fellow modern animals (as well as plants, fungi and bacteria) similarly tracing their evolutionary path back through history. As each evolutionary pilgrim tells their tale, Dawkins and Wong shed light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection and extinction.

    Written with unparalleled wit, clarity and intelligence; taking in new scientific discoveries of the past decade; and including new 'tales', illustrations and fractal diagrams, THE ANCESTOR'S TALE shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.

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  • Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing, New Story of How We Became Human
    Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing, New Story of How We Became Human
    ISBN: 9781922310347
    Title: Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing, New Story of How We Became Human
    Author: BOHME MADELAINE ET AL

    A leading paleontologist discovers the missing link in human evolution.

    Somewhere west of Munich, Madelaine B hme and her colleagues dig for clues to the origins of humankind. What they discover is beyond anything they imagined- the fossilised bones of Danuvius guggenmosi ignite a global media frenzy. This ancient ancestor defies our knowledge of human history - his nearly twelve-million-year-old bones were not located in Africa - the so-called birthplace of humanity - but in Europe, and his features suggest we evolved much differently than scientists once believed.

    In prose that reads like a gripping detective novel, Ancient Bones interweaves the story of the dig that changed everything with the fascinating answer to a previously undecided and now pressing question- How, exactly, did we become human? Placing B hme's discovery alongside former theories of human evolution, the authors show how this remarkable find (and others in Eurasia) are forcing us to rethink the story we've been told about how we came to be, a story that has been our guiding narrative - until now.



    'A very important and readable book.'
    -Tim Flannery

    'An enthralling journey through time and around the world to untangle the complexities of ape and human evolution. Prof. Boehme skilfully intertwines scientific description with the history of fossil discovery and investigation to explain the evolution and biology of our closest relatives. Sometimes controversial but always exciting and engaging, this book is essential reading for those who want to explore alternative perspectives on our origins.'
    -Sarah Elton, professor of evolutionary anthropology, Durham University

    'In pursuit of an intriguing if controversial theory of distant human origins, Madelaine B hme and her colleagues very readably unearth some fascinating history and evoke all the excitement that is inherent in modern paleoanthropological research.'
    -Ian Tattersall, co-author of The Accidental Homo Sapiens- genetics, behaviour, and free will

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  • Ape That Understood the Universe: How the Mind & Culture Evolve
    Ape That Understood the Universe: How the Mind & Culture Evolve
    ISBN: 9781108732758
    Title: Ape That Understood the Universe: How the Mind & Culture Evolve
    Author: STEWART-WILLIAMS STEVE

    The Ape that Understood the Universe is the story of the strangest animal in the world: the human animal. It opens with a question: How would an alien scientist view our species? What would it make of our sex differences, our sexual behavior, our altruistic tendencies, and our culture? The book tackles these issues by drawing on two major schools of thought: evolutionary psychology and cultural evolutionary theory. The guiding assumption is that humans are animals, and that like all animals, we evolved to pass on our genes. At some point, however, we also evolved the capacity for culture - and from that moment, culture began evolving in its own right. This transformed us from a mere ape into an ape capable of reshaping the planet, travelling to other worlds, and understanding the vast universe of which we're but a tiny, fleeting fragment. Featuring a new foreword by Michael Shermer.

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  • Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
    Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
    ISBN: 9780241434840
    Title: Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
    Author: MOALEM SHARON

    Here are some facts- Women live longer than men. Women have stronger immune systems. They are less likely to suffer from learning and developmental disabilities, and are better at fighting cancer and surviving famine. Women are simply stronger than men at every stage of life, though we are taught the opposite. But why?

    This question haunted Dr. Sharon Moalem throughout his career - when he was treating premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit; when he was recruiting the elderly for neurogenetic studies; when he was tending to HIV-positive orphans in Thailand. He couldn't understand why men were consistently less likely to thrive. And then it all clicked into place- two X chromosomes offer a survival advantage.

    With clear, captivating prose that weaves together eye-opening research, case studies, and diverse examples -- from the behaviour of honeybees to the fate of the Donner party -- and experiences from his personal life and his own patients, The Better Half explains why genetic females triumph over males when it comes to resiliency, intellect, stamina, immunity and much more. It also calls for a reconsideration of our male-centric, one-size-fits-all view of medical studies and even how we prescribe medications - a view that still sees women through the lens of men.

    Revolutionary and utterly convincing, The Better Half will make you see humanity and the survival of our species anew.

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  • Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    ISBN: 9780316423915
    Title: Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    Author: CHRISTAKIS NICHOLAS A

    Drawing on advances in social science, evolutionary biology, genetics, neuroscience, and network science, Blueprint shows how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path - and how we are united by our common humanity.&


    For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all our inventions - our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations - we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.&


    In Blueprint, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples - including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own - Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.&


    In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes today.&



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  • Complete Human Body 2ed
    Complete Human Body 2ed
    ISBN: 9780241240458
    Title: Complete Human Body 2ed
    Author: ROBERTS ALICE


    We inhabit it, we are it, and we are surrounded by 7.3 billion examples of it. The Complete Human Body is the definitive guide to the development, form, function, and disorders of the human body. Discover a breathtaking portrait of the human body as it's never been seen before, created using incredibly detailed new imaging techniques. The Complete Human Body uses state-of-the-art 3D computer-generated artworks to bring the body to life in a whole new way, covering everything from bones, muscles, and joints to mental health disorders. Take a detailed look at how your respiratory system works, discover the anatomy up-close and learn about over 200 diseases and how they afflict the human body. This new edition includes extra detail on the hands, feet, and major joints. Perfect for students, families and anyone who wants to understand how the body works.



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    Price: $78.00
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  • Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    ISBN: 9780285627000
    Title: Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    Author: MORGAN ELAINE

    A pioneering work, the first to argue for the equal role of women in human evolution. On its first publication in 1972 it became a rallying-point for feminism and changed the terminology of anthropologists forever. It remains a key text in feminist history, as well as an extension to the author's Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, which is gaining more academic support each year. Starting with her demolition of the Biblical myth that woman was an afterthought to the creation of man, Elaine Morgan rewrites human history and evolution.

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  • Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    ISBN: 9781786493040
    Title: Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    Author: COCKELL CHARLES

    The puzzles of life astound and confuse us like no other mystery. But in this revolutionary new book, Charles Cockell reveals how nature is far more understandable and predictable than we think. Refining Darwin's theory of natural selection, Cockell puts forward a remarkable and elegant account of why evolution has taken the paths it has. From animals to atoms, he shows that is it not biology, but physics, which is the true touchstone for understanding life in all its extraordinary forms.

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  • Fossil Men: the Quest for the Oldest Skeleton & the Origins of Humankind
    Fossil Men: the Quest for the Oldest Skeleton & the Origins of Humankind
    ISBN: 9780063055476
    Title: Fossil Men: the Quest for the Oldest Skeleton & the Origins of Humankind
    Author: PATTISON KERMIT


    A rip-roaring tale, Fossil Men is one of those rare books that can be a prism through which to view the world, exposing the fabric of the Earth and illuminating the Tree of Life. --New York Times bestselling author Peter Nichols


    A behind-the-scenes account of the shocking discovery of the skeleton of "Ardi," a human ancestor far older than Lucy - a find that shook the world of paleoanthropology and radically altered our understanding of human evolution.


    In 1994, a team led by fossil-hunting legend Tim White--"the Steve Jobs of paleoanthropology"--uncovered the bones of a human ancestor in Ethiopia's Afar region. Radiometric dating of nearby rocks indicated the skeleton, classified as Ardipithecus ramidus, was 4.4 million years old, more than a million years older than "Lucy," then the oldest known human ancestor. The findings challenged many assumptions about human evolution--how we started walking upright, how we evolved our nimble hands, and, most significantly, whether we were descended from an ancestor that resembled today's chimpanzee--and repudiated a half-century of paleoanthropological orthodoxy.


    Fossil Men is the first full-length exploration of Ardi, the fossil men who found her, and her impact on what we know about the origins of the human species. It is a scientific detective story played out in anatomy and the natural history of the human body. Kermit Pattison brings into focus a cast of eccentric, obsessive scientists, including one of the world's greatest fossil hunters, Tim White--an exacting and unforgiving fossil hunter whose virtuoso skills in the field were matched only by his propensity for making enemies; Gen Suwa, a Japanese savant who sometimes didn't bother going home at night to devote more hours to science; Owen Lovejoy, a onetime creationist-turned-paleoanthropologist; Berhane Asfaw, who survived imprisonment and torture to become Ethiopia's most senior paleoanthropologist and who fought for African scientists to gain equal footing in the study of human origins; and the Leakeys, for decades the most famous family in paleoanthropology.


    An intriguing tale of scientific discovery, obsession and rivalry that moves from the sun-baked desert of Africa and a nation caught in a brutal civil war, to modern high-tech labs and academic lecture halls, Fossil Men is popular science at its best, and a must read for fans of Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, and Edward O. Wilson.

    --PETER NICHOLS, New York Times bestselling author of The Rocks and Evolution's Captain

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  • Genes That Make Us: Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    Genes That Make Us: Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    ISBN: 9781925849394
    Title: Genes That Make Us: Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    Author: KIRK EDWIN

    Genes - we all have them and we're all affected by them, often in unknown ways.

    Whether directly inherited or modified by our environment, genes control or significantly influence almost every aspect of our lives. From the success of our conception and the development of our sexual characteristics, to the colour of our skin, hair, and eyes. From our height and weight, to our daily health. And, unfortunately, our genes are involved in an untold number of diseases. For many, the first time that genetics truly matters is in a doctor's office as they learn about a condition that may affect them, their unborn children, or even their wider family. Yet from the first laborious survey of the human genome twenty years ago to the commercial machines that now sequence 6,000 genomes per year, a revolution is taking place in medicine. Genetic screening is already available for major diseases and will become an increasingly prevalent medical tool. Around the world, teams of researchers are working on cures for diseases such as cancer, certain degenerative disorders, and a host of syndromes, while others are inventing new ways to conceive - and even modifying our genome in ways that could change what it means to be human.

    Navigating this world of heartbreaking uncertainties, tantalising possibilities, and thorny questions of morality is Professor Edwin Kirk, who in addition to having over two decades of experience is that rare doctor who works both in the lab and with patients. In The Genes That Make Us, he explains everything you need to know with humour, insight, and great humanity.

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  • Genesis Quest The Geniuses & Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth
    Genesis Quest The Geniuses & Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth
    ISBN: 9781474611428
    Title: Genesis Quest The Geniuses & Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth
    Author: MARSHALL MICHAEL

    How did life begin? Why are we here? These are some of the most profound questions we can ask.

    For almost a century, a small band of eccentric scientists has struggled to answer these questions and explain one of the greatest mysteries of all: how and why life began on Earth. There are many different proposals, and each idea has attracted passionate believers who promote it with an almost religious fervor, as well as detractors who reject it with equal passion.

    But the quest to unravel life's genesis is not just a story of big ideas. It is also a compelling human story, rich in personalities, conflicts, and surprising twists and turns. Along the way the journey takes in some of the greatest discoveries in modern biology, from evolution and cells to DNA and life's family tree. It is also a search whose end may finally be in sight.

    In The Genesis Quest, Michael Marshall shows how the quest to understand life's beginning is also a journey to discover the true nature of life, and by extension our place in the universe.

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  • Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    ISBN: 9780141990231
    Title: Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    Author: WILSON EDWARD O

    Of all species that have ever existed on earth, only one has reached human levels of intelligence and social organisation- us. Why? In Genesis, celebrated biologist Edward O. Wilson traces the great transitions of evolution, from the origin of life to the invention of sexual reproduction to the development of language itself.

    The only way for us to fully understand human behaviour, Wilson argues, is to study the evolutionary histories of nonhuman species. Of these, he demonstrates that at least seventeen - from the African naked mole rat and the sponge-dwelling shrimp to one of the oldest species on earth, the termite - have been found to have advanced societies based on altruism, cooperation and the division of labour. These rare eusocial species form the prehistory to our human social patterns, even, according to Wilson, suggesting the possible biological benefits of homosexuality and elderly grandmothers.

    Whether writing about midges who dance about like acrobats, schools of anchovies who protectively huddle to appear like a gigantic fish or well-organised flocks becoming potentially immortal, Genesis is a pathbreaking work of evolutionary theory filled with lyrical observations. It will make us rethink how we became who we are.

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  • Guns, Germs & Steel
    Guns, Germs & Steel
    ISBN: 9780099302780
    Title: Guns, Germs & Steel
    Author: DIAMOND JARED

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history?'s broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world?'s peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

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  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ
    Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ
    ISBN: 9781925106671
    Title: Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ
    Author: ENDERS GIULIA

    The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy. And scientists are only just discovering quite how much it has to offer; new research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer's. Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research, and going on to explain everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, Enders has written an entertaining, informative health handbook. Gut definitely shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings. In this charming book, young scientist Giulia Enders takes us on a fascinating tour of our insides. Her message is simple - if we treat our gut well, it will treat us well in return. But how do we do that? And why do we need to? Find out in this surprising, and surprisingly funny, exploration of the least understood of our organs.

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  • Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    ISBN: 9781728214139
    Title: Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    Author: METZL JAMIE


    "A gifted and thoughtful writer, Metzl brings us to the frontiers of biology and technology, and reveals a world full of promise and peril." --Siddhartha Mukherjee MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene


    Passionate, provocative, and highly illuminating, Hacking Darwin is the must read book about the future of our species for fans of Homo Deus and The Gene.


    After 3.8 billion years humankind is about to start evolving by new rules...


    From leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic-engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives--sex, war, love, and death.


    At the dawn of the genetics revolution, our DNA is becoming as readable, writable, and hackable as our information technology. But as humanity starts retooling our own genetic code, the choices we make today will be the difference between realizing breathtaking advances in human well-being and descending into a dangerous and potentially deadly genetic arms race.


    Enter the laboratories where scientists are turning science fiction into reality. Look towards a future where our deepest beliefs, morals, religions, and politics are challenged like never before and the very essence of what it means to be human is at play. When we can engineer our future children, massively extend our lifespans, build life from scratch, and recreate the plant and animal world, should we?



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  • How to Argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race & Reality
    How to Argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race & Reality
    ISBN: 9781474611251
    Title: How to Argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race & Reality
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM


    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
    AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

    'The ultimate anti-racism guide' Caroline Criado Perez
    'Seriously important' Bill Bryson
    'A fascinating debunking of racial pseudoscience' Guardian

    Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise - and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence. Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics. Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be. HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.



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  • Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    ISBN: 9781474608350
    Title: Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    Author: LENTS NATHAN

    We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, we must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves and millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. And that's just the beginning of the story. Biologist Nathan H. Lents takes us on an entertaining and illuminating tour of our four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga, and shows us how each of our flaws tells us a story about our species' history.

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  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within US & a Grander View of Life
    I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within US & a Grander View of Life
    ISBN: 9781784700171
    Title: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within US & a Grander View of Life
    Author: YONG ED


    SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017 AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2017



    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


    Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life.


    In other words, you contain multitudes.


    They sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.


    In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.


    You'll never think about your mind, body or preferences in the same way again.


    'Super-interesting... He just keeps imparting one surprising, fascinating insight after the next. I Contain Multitudes is science journalism at its best' Bill Gates



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  • Metazoa: Evolution of Animals, Minds, Consciousness & Sleep
    Metazoa: Evolution of Animals, Minds, Consciousness & Sleep
    ISBN: 9780008321208
    Title: Metazoa: Evolution of Animals, Minds, Consciousness & Sleep
    Author: GODFREY-SMITH PETER


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  • Mutant Project Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans
    Mutant Project Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans
    ISBN: 9781760642150
    Title: Mutant Project Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans
    Author: KIRKSEY EBEN

    An anthropologist visits the frontiers of the next scientific revolution to ask- whose values are guiding gene editing experiments, and what are the implications for humanity?

    At a conference in Hong Kong in November 2018, Dr He Jiankui announced that he had created the first genetically modified babies - twin girls named Lulu and Nana - sending shockwaves around the world. A year later, a Chinese court sentenced Dr He to three years in prison for 'illegal medical practice'.

    As scientists elsewhere start to catch up with China's vast genetic research program, gene editing is fuelling an innovation economy that threatens to widen racial and economic inequality. Fundamental questions about science, health and social justice are at stake. Who gets access to gene editing technologies? As countries around the globe, from the United States to Indonesia, loosen regulations, can we shape research agendas to promote an ethical and fair society?

    In The Mutant Project, Eben Kirksey takes us on a groundbreaking journey to meet the key scientists, lobbyists and entrepreneurs who are bringing cutting-edge genetic modification tools like CRISPR to your local clinic. He also ventures beyond the scientific echo chamber, talking to disabled scholars, doctors, hackers, activists and chronically ill patients who have alternative visions of a future shaped by genetic engineering.

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  • Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
    Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
    ISBN: 9780500292044
    Title: Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
    Author: PAPAGIANNI DIMITRA & MORSE MICHAEL A

    In recent years, the common perception of the Neanderthals has been transformed, thanks to new discoveries and paradigm-shattering scientific innovations. It turns out that the Neanderthals' behavior was surprisingly modern: they buried the dead, cared for the sick, hunted large animals in their prime, harvested seafood, and communicated with spoken language. Meanwhile, advances in DNA technologies are compelling us to reassess the Neanderthals' place in our own past.For hundreds of thousands of years, Neanderthals evolved in Europe parallel to Homo sapiens evolving in Africa, and, when both species made their first forays into Asia, the Neanderthals may even have had the upper hand. In this important volume, Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse compile the first full chronological narrative of the Neanderthals' dramatic existence--from their evolution in Europe to their expansion to Siberia, their subsequent extinction, and ultimately their revival in popular novels, cartoons, cult movies, and television commercials.

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  • On the Origin of Species
    On the Origin of Species
    ISBN: 9781509827695
    Title: On the Origin of Species
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES


    The Origin of Species Darwin outlined his theory of evolution, which proposed that species had been evolving and differentiating over time under the influence of natural selection. On its publication it became hugely influential, bringing about a seismic shift in the scientific view of humanity's place in the world that is still controversial today. It is both a brilliant work of science and also a clear, vivid and at times even moving, piece of writing that reflects both Darwin's genius and his boundless enthusiasm for the natural world.


    With an Afterword by Oliver Francis


    Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautifully bound gift editions of much loved classic titles. Bound in real cloth, printed on high quality paper, and featuring ribbon markers and gilt edges, Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.



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    Price: $15.00
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  • Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Surface
    Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Surface
    ISBN: 9781784163525
    Title: Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Surface
    Author: LYMAN MONTY


    - Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2019
    - A Sunday Times 'MUST READ'
    - 'An exciting introduction to a little-known microscopic universe.' Sunday Times
    - 'A seriously entertaining book.' Melanie Reid, The Times
    - As read on RADIO 4's BOOK OF THE WEEK
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    How does our diet affect our skin? What makes the skin age? And why can't we tickle ourselves?


    Providing a cover for our delicate and intricate bodies, the skin is our largest, fastest growing and yet least understood organ. We see it, touch it and live in it every day. It's a habitat for a mesmerizingly complex world of micro-organisms and physical functions that are vital to our health and our survival. It's also one of the first things people see about us and is crucial to our sense of identity. Our skin plays a central role in our lives. And yet how much do we really know about it?


    Through the lenses of science, sociology and history, Dr Monty Lyman leads us on a journey across our most underrated and unexplored organ. Examining our microbiome, our love of tattoos and whether or not beauty products really work, he reveals how the skin is far stranger and more complex than you've ever imagined.



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  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    ISBN: 9780099590088
    Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH

    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

    In Sapiens, Professor Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical--and sometimes devastating--breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, and incorporating full-color illustrations throughout the text, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

    Bold, wide-ranging, and provocative, Sapiens integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage...and our future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

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  • Sapiens: A Graphic History Vol. 1
    Sapiens: A Graphic History Vol. 1
    ISBN: 9781787332812
    Title: Sapiens: A Graphic History Vol. 1
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH


    The first volume of the graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari's global phenomenon and smash Sunday Times #1 bestseller, with gorgeous full-colour illustrations and a beautiful package - the perfect gift for the curious beings in your life.


    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one-homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?


    In this first volume of the full-colour illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind's creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human". From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas.


    Featuring 256 pages of full-colour illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari's ideas to a wider new readership.



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    Price: $48.00
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  • Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume & the Science of Smell
    Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume & the Science of Smell
    ISBN: 9780061133848
    Title: Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume & the Science of Smell
    Author: TURIN LUCA

    One man's passion for perfume leads him to explore one of the most intriguing scientific mysteries: What makes one molecule smell of garlic while another smells of rose?

    In this witty, engrossing, and wildly original volume, author Luca Turin explores the two competing theories of smell. Is scent determined by molecular shape or molecular vibrations? Turin describes in fascinating detail the science, the evidence, and the often contentious debate—from the beginnings of organic chemistry to the present day—and pays homage to the scientists who went before. With its uniquely accessible and captivating approach to science via art, The Secret of Scent will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about the most mysterious of the five senses.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Selfish Gene
    Selfish Gene
    ISBN: 9780198788607
    Title: Selfish Gene
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD

    The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages.

    As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published.

    This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews.

    Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00

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  • Sex at Dawn How We Mate, Why We Stray, & What It Means for Modern Sexuality
    Sex at Dawn How We Mate, Why We Stray, & What It Means for Modern Sexuality
    ISBN: 9781922310316
    Title: Sex at Dawn How We Mate, Why We Stray, & What It Means for Modern Sexuality
    Author: RYAN CHRISTOPHER & JETHA CACILDA

    The 10th-anniversary edition of the book that radical re-evaluated the origins and nature of human sexuality.

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity.

    In this groundbreaking book, however, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha argue that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. Weaving together evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is.

    With intelligence and humour, Ryan and Jetha explain how our promiscuous past haunts our contemporary struggles. They explore why many people find long-term fidelity so difficult; why sexual passion tends to fade even as love deepens; why homosexuality persists in the face of standard evolutionary logic; and what the human body reveals about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality.

    Shocking, enlightening, and ultimately inspiring, Sex at Dawn offers a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.



    'Controversial and fascinating.'
    -Vogue Australia

    'Sex At Dawn is the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male on the American public in 1948.'
    -Dan Savage, author of the internationally syndicated sex-advice column 'Savage Love' and The Commitment- Love, sex, marriage, and my family

    'Sex At Dawn has helped me understand myself and the world so much more clearly.'
    -Ilana Glazer, co-creator of Broad City

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Story of Heredity
    She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Story of Heredity
    ISBN: 9781509818556
    Title: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Story of Heredity
    Author: ZIMMER CARL

    Shortlisted for The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2018She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to distant ancestors, to ethnic identities . . . But, Zimmer writes, 'Each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, but most of our DNA influences who we are-our appearance, our height, our penchants-in inconceivably subtle ways.' Heredity isn't just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors-using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates-but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer's lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it. Weaving together historical and current scientific research, his own experience with his two daughters, and the kind of original reporting expected of one of the world's best science journalists, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, but also long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    ISBN: 9780345807144
    Title: Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    Author: DAMASIO ANTONIO

    The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition of that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only the survival but also the flourishing of life. Antonio Damasio makes clear that we descend biologically, psychologically, and even socially from a long lineage that begins with single living cells; that our minds and cultures are linked by an invisible thread to the ways and means of ancient unicellular life and other primitive life-forms; and that inherent in our very chemistry is a powerful force, a striving toward life maintenance that governs life in all its guises, including the development of genes that help regulate and transmit life. In The Strange Order of Things, Damasio gives us a new way of comprehending the world and our place in it. www.antoniodamasio.com

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Superior: The Return of Race Science
    Superior: The Return of Race Science
    ISBN: 9780008293864
    Title: Superior: The Return of Race Science
    Author: SAINI ANGELA

    Financial Times& Book of the Year

    Telegraph& Top 50 Books of the Year

    Guardian& Book of the Year

    New Statesman& Book of the Year


    'Roundly debunks racism's core lie - that inequality is to do with genetics, rather than political power' Reni Eddo-Lodge


    Where did the idea of race come from, and what does it mean? In an age of identity politics, DNA ancestry testing and the rise of the far-right, a belief in biological differences between populations is experiencing a resurgence. The truth is: race is a social construct. Our problem is we find this hard to believe.


    In Superior, award-winning author Angela Saini investigates the concept of race, from its origins to the present day. Engaging with geneticists, anthropologists, historians and social scientists from across the globe, Superior is a rigorous, much needed examination of the insidious and destructive nature of the belief that race is real, and that some groups of people are superior to others.



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  • Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, & Time
    Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, & Time
    ISBN: 9780141984209
    Title: Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, & Time
    Author: VINCE GAIA


    * A TIMES BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR *

    From the prize-winning author of Adventures in the Anthropocene, the astonishing story of how culture enabled us to become the most successful species on Earth


    'A wondrous, visionary work' Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers


    Humans are a planet-altering force. Gaia Vince argues that our unique ability - compared with other species - to determine the course of our own destiny rests on a special relationship between our genes, environment and culture going back into deep time. It is our collective culture, rather than our individual intelligence, that makes humans unique. Vince shows how four evolutionary drivers - Fire, Language, Beauty and Time - are further transforming our species into a transcendent superorganism: a hyper-cooperative mass of humanity that she calls Homo omnis. Drawing on leading-edge advances in population genetics, archaeology, palaeontology and neuroscience, Transcendence compels us to reimagine ourselves, showing us to be on the brink of something grander - and potentially more destructive.


    'Richly informed by the latest research, Gaia Vince's colourful survey fizzes like a zip-wire as it tours our species' story from the Big Bang to the coming age of hypercooperation' Richard Wrangham, author of The Goodness Paradox


    'Wonderful ... enlightening' Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage



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  • Unfit for Purpose
    Unfit for Purpose
    ISBN: 9781472971036
    Title: Unfit for Purpose
    Author: HART ADAM

    Stress, obesity, poor mental health, drug addiction, bowel diseases, violence and fake news; a stark checklist of modern world problems and every one of them is an echo of our evolutionary past.
    In Unfit for Purpose, biologist and broadcaster Adam Hart explores the mismatch between our fundamental biology and the modern world we have created. In each chapter Adam reveals the many ways in which biological adaptations that evolved to help us survive and thrive now work against us. For example, in the modern world stress is a killer but how did 'fight or flight' instincts turn from life-savers to life-takers? Obesity might be a disease now but is it really just a troublesome side-effect of our complex evolutionary past? Whether it's the derailing of microbes in our gut, the rise of gluten and lactose intolerance, the problems of social media or the horrors of drug addiction we always seem to have one foot in the modern world and the other firmly in our evolutionary past.
    By probing deep into our evolutionary legacy, exploring the science, archaeology, medicine, genetics, sociology and more, to show how, in a modern world of our own making, we find ourselves 'unfit for purpose'. But all is not lost! By unpicking the evolutionary causes of many of our current woes, it reveals some secrets of evolutionarily-informed treatments that will change the way we think about ourselves and our future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    ISBN: 9781785786235
    Title: What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN

    The popular science equivalent of the TV show Who Do You Think You Are?

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
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  • What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps
    What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps
    ISBN: 9781922310262
    Title: What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps
    Author: NURSE SIR PAUL

    Life is all around us, abundant and diverse. It is truly a marvel. But what does it actually mean to be alive, and how do we decide what is living and what is not?

    After a lifetime of studying life, Nobel Prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse, one of the world's leading scientists, has taken on the challenge of defining it. Written with great personality and charm, his accessible guide takes readers on a journey to discover biology's five great building blocks, demonstrates how biology has changed and is changing the world, and reveals where research is headed next.

    To survive all the challenges that face the human race today - population growth, pandemics, food shortages, climate change - it is vital that we first understand what life is. Never before has the question 'What is life?' been answered with such insight, clarity, and humanity, and never at a time more urgent than now.



    'Paul Nurse is about as distinguished a scientist as there could be. He is also a great communicator. This book explains, in a way that is both clear and elegant, how the processes of life unfold, and does as much as science can to answer the question posed by the title. It's also profoundly important, at a time when the world is connected so closely that any new illness can sweep from nation to nation with immense speed, that all of us - including politicians - should be as well-informed as possible. This book provides the sort of clarity and understanding that could save many thousands of lives. I learned a great deal, and I enjoyed the process enormously.'
    -Sir Philip Pullman

    'A nearly perfect guide to the wonder and complexity of existence.'
    -Bill Bryson

    'Nurse provides a concise, lucid response to an age-old question. His writing is not just informed by long experience, but also wise, visionary, and personal. I read the book in one sitting, and felt exhilarated by the end, as though I'd run for miles - from the author's own garden into the interior of the cell, back in time to humankind's most distant ancestors, and through the laboratory of a dedicated scientist at work on what he most loves to do.'
    -Dava Sobel

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
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  • World Before Us: How Science Is Revealing a New Story of Our Human Origins
    World Before Us: How Science Is Revealing a New Story of Our Human Origins
    ISBN: 9780241440674
    Title: World Before Us: How Science Is Revealing a New Story of Our Human Origins
    Author: HIGHAM TOM

    'Fascinating and entertaining. If you read one book on human origins, this should be it' Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules - For Now

    'The who, what, where, when and how of human evolution, from one of the world's experts on the dating of prehistoric fossils' Steve Brusatte, author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

    50,000 years ago, we were not the only species of human in the world. There were at least four others, including the Neanderthals, Homo floresiensis, Homo luzonesis and the Denisovans. At the forefront of the latter's ground-breaking discovery was Oxford Professor Tom Higham. In The World Before Us, he explains the scientific and technological advancements - in radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA, for example - that allowed each of these discoveries to be made, enabling us to be more accurate in our predictions about not just how long ago these other humans lived, but how they lived, interacted and live on in our genes today. This is the story of us, told for the first time with its full cast of characters.

    'The application of new genetic science to pre-history is analogous to how the telescope transformed astronomy. Tom Higham brings us to the frontier of recent discoveries with a book that is both gripping and fun' Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion

    'This exciting book shows that we now have a revolutionary new tool for reconstructing the human past: DNA from minute pieces of tooth and bone, and even from the dirt on the floor of caves' David Abulafia, author of The Boundless Sea

    'The remarkable new science of palaeoanthropology, from lab bench to trench' Rebecca Wragg Sykes, author of Kindred

    'Higham's thrilling account makes readers feel as if they were participating themselves in the extraordinary series of events that in the last few years has revealed our long-lost cousins' David Reich, author of Who We Are and How We Got Here

    'A brilliant distillation of the ideas and discoveries revolutionising our understanding of human evolution' Chris Gosden, author of The History of Magic

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $54.00
    $54.00
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-billion-year History of the Human Body
    Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-billion-year History of the Human Body
    ISBN: 9780307277459
    Title: Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-billion-year History of the Human Body
    Author: SHUBIN NEIL

    Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New AfterwordWhy do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the fish with hands, tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
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