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Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

Nathan Lents

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Anatomy, Popular science, Evolution, Human biology

An illuminating, entertaining tour of the physical imperfections, from faulty knees to junk DNA, that make us human - and a unique approach to telling our evolutionary history

We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, we must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves and millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. And that's just the beginning of the story. Biologist Nathan H. Lents takes us on an entertaining and illuminating tour of our four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga, and shows us how each of our flaws tells us a story about our species' history.

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Praise for Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

  • HUMAN ERRORS is outstanding, scholarly yet entertaining. Perhaps inadvertently, this funny book argues that if there is an intelligent designer, he is comically hopeless

  • An entertaining and enlightening guide to human imperfections - FINANCIAL TIMES

  • Spry, plausible, free from jargon . . . the most enjoyable anatomical study since Jonathan Miller's The Body in Question - THE TIMES

  • Chatty and humorous . . . After reading Human Errors, nobody will see their body in the same way again - DAILY EXPRESS

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Nathan Lents

Nathan H. Lents is a professor of biology at John Jay College at The City University of New York. He is the author of NOT SO DIFFERENT and HUMAN ERRORS.

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