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The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of US: Book by Dr. Alice Roberts

The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of US

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ISBN: 9781848664791    Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 9.99        Language: English
The presenter of BBC's The Incredible Human Journey gives us a new and highly accessible look at our own bodies, allowing us to understand how we develop as an embryo, from a single egg into a complex...Read more
The presenter of BBC's The Incredible Human Journey gives us a new and highly accessible look at our own bodies, allowing us to understand how we develop as an embryo, from a single egg into a complex body, and how our embryos contain echoes of our evolutionary past. Bringing together the latest scientific discoveries, Professor Alice Roberts illustrates that evolution has made something which is far from perfect. Our bodies are a quirky mix of new and old, with strokes of genius alongside glitches and imperfections which are all inherited from distant ancestors. Our development and evolutionary past explains why, as embryos, we have what look like gills, and as adults we suffer from back pain. This is a tale of discovery, not only exploring why and how we have developed as we have, but also looking at the history of our anatomical understanding. It combines the remarkable skills and qualifications Alice Roberts has as a doctor, anatomist, osteoarchaeologist and writer. Above all, she has a rare ability to make science accessible, relevant and interesting to mainstream audiences and readers.
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About the author: Dr. Alice Roberts
Alice Roberts is an anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, television presenter, author and professor at the University of Birmingham. She has presented... Read more
Alice Roberts is an anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, television presenter, author and professor at the University of Birmingham. She has presented The Incredible Human Journey and Coast on BBC 2 and Inside Science on Radio 4. She lives in Bristol with her husband and two children.
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Review:
'Witty, personal and above all informed by passion and deep knowledge' Adam Rutherford. Adam Rutherford 'Her guided tour of the human body takes us on a fascinating journey of self-discovery'...Read more
'Witty, personal and above all informed by passion and deep knowledge' Adam Rutherford. Adam Rutherford 'Her guided tour of the human body takes us on a fascinating journey of self-discovery' Desmond Morris. Desmond Morris 'Alice Roberts's engagingly personal style connects you to your ancestors, to your own beginnings as a single cell ... You emerge from her book entertained and with a deeper understanding of yourself' Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins
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