W&N Popular Science HB / ETPB May 2018 £16.99 / £12.99 256pp 978 1 474 60833 6 / 978 1 474 60834 3 eBook: £16.99 / 978 1 474 60836 7 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 17679 4 / 10 hrs
A unique approach to telling our evolutionary story by an expert author – for fans of Sapiens.
NATHAN LENTS Human Errors Pointless Bones, Runaway Nerves and Other Human Defects an illuminating, entertaining tour of the physical imperfections – from faulty knees to junk DNa – that make us human.
We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we’re so great, why do we have the worst eyesight of any ape? Why do we catch colds so often? How come our wrists have so many useless bones? Are we really supposed to swallow and breathe through the same narrow tube?
As professor of biology, Nathan Lents explains the evolutionary history of the human body is nothing if not a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. Some of our flaws are familiar, from blind spots to back pain to bad knees. But many others are hidden deep inside our anatomy. Taken together, these quirks offer a tour of humans’ four-billion-yearlong evolutionary saga, and an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success.
Deeply informative and highly entertaining, Human Errors offers a unique introduction to our evolutionary history – and of all the ways it has steered us wrong.
Nathan lents is a professor of biology at John Jay College at the City University of New York, and is the author of one previous academic book. He has appeared as a scientific expert on BBC Radio 4’s Today Show, National Public Radio, BBC World Service and many other media outlets.
W&N Non-Fiction • May 2018
Location: New York, USA www.nathanlents.com