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The Scars of Evolution-What our bodies tell us about human evolution
The Scars of Evolution-What our bodies tell us about human evolution Author:Elaine Morgan Long ago, something happened to our ape ancestors that did not happen to the forebearers of gorillas and chimpanzees, something that made them walk on 2 legs, lose their fur, sweat, develop larger brains, and learn to speak. in this book, elaine morgan offers a pioneering look at this perplexing phenomenon, arguing that all the facts about our m... more »ysterious origins are right in front of us-in the form of fundamental flaws in the human design.
the scars of human evolution are visible in many forms, from our propensity to suffer from lower back pain, to obesity, varicose veins, acne, and evean infant death syndrome. they are all, essentially, the result of some cataclysmic event that happened aeons in the past. theories about why we differ so greatly from our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, especially in regard to these many incongruous flaws in our physiological makeup, abound within the scientific community. but these theories cannot explain our unique features: they leave too many questions unanswered. in this fascinating work, she shows just where our earliest ancestors came from, pointing out the evolutionary path that separated us from the rest of the animals. while carefully considering all of our uniquely human traits-our relative hairlessness, our ability to control our breathing, our inability to maintain proper salt levels-she comes the closest yet to solving one of the enduring riddles of our origin.« less