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The wild life of our bodies : predators, parasites, and partners that shape who we are today / Rob Dunn.

Wildlife of our bodies (other title)
Dunn, Rob. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780061806483
  • ISBN: 006180648X
  • Physical Description: xiv, 290 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Harper, [2011]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-278) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
pt. 1. Who we all used to be. The origins of humans and the control of nature -- pt. 2. Why we sometimes need worms and whether or not you should rewild your gut. When good bodies go bad (and why) ; The pronghorn principle and what our guts flee ; The dirty realities of what to do when you are sick and missing your worms -- pt. 3. What your appendix does and how it has changed. Several things the gut knows and the brain ignores ; I need my appendix (and so do my bacteria) -- pt. 4. How we tried to tame cows (and crops) but instead they tamed us, and why it made some of us fat. When cows and grass domesticated humans ; So who cares if your ancestors sucked milk from aurochsen? -- pt. 5. How predators left us scared, pathos-ridden and covered in goosebumps. We were hunted, which is why all of us are afraid some of the time and some of us are afraid all of the time ; From flight to fight ; Vermeij's law of evolutionary consequences and how snakes made the world ; Choosing who lives -- pt. 6. The pathogens that left us hairless and xenophobic. How lice and ticks (and their pathogens) made us naked and gave us skin cancer ; How the pathogens that made us naked also made us xenophobic, collectivist, and disgusted -- pt. 7. The future of human nature. The reluctant revolutionary of hope.
Target Audience Note:
1190L Lexile
Subject: Microbial ecology.
Human body > Microbiology.
Human ecology.
Human evolution.
Host-parasite relationships.
Mutualism (Biology)
Predation (Biology)

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