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The Story of the Human Body
Evolution, Health, and Disease
Written by Daniel Lieberman

The Story of the Human Body
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Category: Science - Evolution
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: July 2014
Price: $15.95
Can. Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74180-6 (0-307-74180-X)
Pages: 480
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.



 
In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years. He illuminates the major transformations that contributed to key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering; and how cultural changes like the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions have impacted us physically. He shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning a paradox: greater longevity, but increased chronic disease. 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 and pursue better lifestyles. 

[With charts and line drawings throughout.]



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
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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