The Wild Life Of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, And Partners That Shape Who We Are Today

Paperback | December 23, 2014

byRob Dunn

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“An extraordinary book. . . . With clarity and charm [Dunn] takes the reader into the overlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an important domain of the human condition.”—Edward O. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life

Biologist Rob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health, our well being, and our world in The Wild Life of Our Bodies—a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of nature and codependence. Dunn illuminates the nuanced, often imperceptible relationships that exist between homo sapiens and other species, relationships that underpin humanity’s ability to thrive and prosper in every circumstance. Readers of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma will be enthralled by Dunn’s powerful, lucid exploration of the role that humankind plays within the greater web of life on Earth.

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“An extraordinary book. . . . With clarity and charm [Dunn] takes the reader into the overlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an important domain of the human condition.”—Edward O. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of LifeBiologist Rob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our h...

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In the name of progress and clean living, we scrub much of nature off our bodies and try to remove whole kinds of life—parasites, bacteria, mutualists, and predators. To modern humans, nature is the landscape outside. Biologist Rob Dunn contends that while "clean living" has benefited us in some ways, it has also made us sicker in othe...

Rob Dunn is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University and the author of several books, includingEvery Living Thing. A rising star in popular-science journalism, he writes forNational Geographic,Natural History,Scientific American,BBC Wildlife, andSeedmagazine. He lives in Raleigh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:December 23, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061806463

ISBN - 13:9780061806469

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“Adding touches of humor along the way, Dunn deftly explains complex biological systems for the general reader. […] Highly recommended for nature aficionados, this book should inspire many lively discussions.”