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Our bodies and body processes evolved to allow our ancestors the best chance of survival as hunter-gatherers in the Savannah. Our brains, on the other hand, have evolved intelligence, imagination, and foresight, allowing us to leave all other creatures behind, and develop complex societies, cultures, and lifestyles, far removed from those of our ancestors.

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Published February 14th 2008 by OUP Oxford (first published September 28th 2006)
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Apr 16, 2011 Meagan rated it it was ok
This isn't what I was hoping for. It reads like a collection of different case studies and the authors don't attempt to make a broad message until the last few pages. I really wanted them to bring it all together and I felt like they failed at that task. It's like a long research paper with plentiful evidence but no discussion or conclusion sections.
Dec 23, 2010 Ilya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the Sherpas in the rarefied-air iodine-deprived foothills of the Himalayas, citizens of developed-world countries live in an environment that is poorly suited to human nature. Zoo animals often live much longer than wild animals; we live in the zoo of our own creation, so a great many more people live to be old than was the case during almost all of human history. The mismatch between biological puberty and social maturity has never been greater. This is all true, but something like 5 milli ...more
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Mar 02, 2014 Arianna Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freakin science is awesome.
A great introduction to the field of Evolutionary Medicine from a non-technical perspective. For anyone with a good knowledge of human evolution, the middle of the book can be tiring as it overviews the fossil record - but the application of evolutionary principles of human biology and health are highly thought-provoking; should be required reading for medical doctors.
Dec 04, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read and good look on how our genetics and environment work together to influence evolution. A bit disheartening at times, but definitely gives you something to think about.
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Nov 29, 2009 Jason Clay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very interesting and new science book that certainly taught me a lot about current biology.
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“It is often thought that the life of the hunter-gatherer was one of feast and famine. But most available data suggest that they were surprisingly healthy and had a fairly stable diet and lifestyle. Not so the primitive farmers. In years when the crops failed, in settlements where the population density was high and where disease weakened the ability to cope even further, life would have been very hard indeed. The settled population could not migrate to follow the food supply as could hunter-gatherers. They were trapped.” 0 likes
“ is entirely illogical to consider biology in dichotomous terms of genes and environment—all of biology is based on the continuous interaction of both.” 0 likes
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