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The Resource Human errors : a panorama of our glitches, from pointless bones to broken genes, Nathan H. Lents

Human errors : a panorama of our glitches, from pointless bones to broken genes, Nathan H. Lents

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Human errors : a panorama of our glitches, from pointless bones to broken genes
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Human errors
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a panorama of our glitches, from pointless bones to broken genes
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Nathan H. Lents
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Language
eng
Summary
"An illuminating, entertaining tour of the physical imperfections--from faulty knees to junk DNA--that make us human. We humans like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are supposedly evolution's greatest creation, why do we have such bad knees? Why do we catch head colds so often--two hundred times more often than a dog? How come our wrists have so many useless bones? Why is the vast majority of our genetic code pointless? And are we really supposed to swallow and breathe throughthe same narrow tube? Surely there's been some kind of mistake. As professor of biology Nathan H. Lents explains in Human Errors, our evolutionary history is nothing if not a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. Thehuman body, perhaps evolution's greatest creation, is one big pile of compromises. But that is also a testament to our greatness: as Lents shows, humans have so many design flaws precisely because we are very, very good at getting around them. A rollicking, deeply informative tour of humans' four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga,Human Errors both celebrates our imperfections and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success"--
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Lents, Nathan H
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612
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Human physiology
  • Human evolution
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / General
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Human errors : a panorama of our glitches, from pointless bones to broken genes, Nathan H. Lents
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-222) and index
Control code
BK0021321772
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 233 pages
Isbn
9781328974693
Lccn
2017046396
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illustrations
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Human errors : a panorama of our glitches, from pointless bones to broken genes, Nathan H. Lents
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-222) and index
Control code
BK0021321772
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 233 pages
Isbn
9781328974693
Lccn
2017046396
Other physical details
illustrations

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