The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today (Hardcover)
Anextraordinary book . With clarity and charm Dunn] takes the reader into theoverlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an importantdomain of the human condition. EdwardO. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life
BiologistRob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health, our well-being, and our world in The WildLife of Our Bodies a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of natureand codependence. Dunn illuminates the nuanced, often imperceptible relationshipsthat exist between homo sapiens and other species, relationships that underpinhumanity's ability to thrive and prosper in every circumstance. Readers ofMichael Pollan's TheOmnivore's Dilemma will be enthralled by Dunn's powerful, lucid explorationof the role that humankind plays within the greater web of life on Earth.
About the Author
Rob Dunn is an assistant professor in the department of zoology at the North Carolina State University, as well as an up-and-coming science popularizer. His work appears in "Natural History", "Scientific American", "BBC Wildlife", and "Seed" magazines. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“A pleasure to read. He is not a biologist moonlighting as a writer; he is both. Dunn also does a wonderful job interspersing history, research, and speculation with real-life human beings. He has a natural flair for drama and tension . . . a highly readable, informative mashing of ideas and disciplines.”
“Grabbing the reader from the start . . . author Dunn moves through the answer to these and other questions with a sure use of language, scientific research, and humor-all of which combined keep the reader highly engaged. . . . Mr. Dunn is a thorough and talented writer.”
-New York Journal of Books
“An extraordinary book about a previously little explored subject. With clarity and charm the author takes the reader into the overlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an important domain of the human condition.”
-Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
“[Dunn is] a master at applying the principle of administering a spoonful of sugar (i.e., humor) to make the “medicine” of complicated scientific information not merely interesting but gripping. Nothing less than an every-person’s handbook for understanding life, great and small, on planet Earth.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“Adding touches of humor along the way, Dunn deftly explains complex biological systems for the general reader. […] Highly recommended for nature aficionados, this book should inspire many lively discussions.”