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Main Title The wild life of our bodies : predators, parasites, and partners that shape who we are today /
Author Dunn, Rob R.
Publisher Harper,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 671573395
ISBN 9780061806483; 006180648X
Subjects Microbial ecology ; Human ecology ; Human evolution ; Host-parasite relationships ; Microbiological Phenomena ; Biological Evolution ; Environmental Microbiology ; Host-Pathogen Interactions ; Human Body
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EKBM  QR171.D86 2011 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 10/29/2012
Edition 1st ed.
Collation xiv, 290 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
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 goose bumps. 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. Shares the known and potential consequences of the changing relationships with nature and interactions with other species and emphasizes the importance of reconnecting with the web of life.