By Marlene Zuk
An exposé of pseudoscientific myths approximately our evolutionary prior and the way we should always dwell today.
We advanced to devour berries instead of bagels, to stay in dust huts instead of condos, to dash barefoot instead of play football—or did we? Are bodies and brains actually at odds with sleek existence? even though it could seem as if now we have slightly had time to shed our hunter-gatherer legacy, biologist Marlene Zuk finds that the tale isn't so easy. well known theories approximately how our ancestors lived—and why we must always emulate them—are frequently in keeping with hypothesis, no longer clinical facts.
Armed with a razor-sharp wit and fabulous, eye-opening study, Zuk takes us to the innovative of biology to teach that evolution can paintings a lot swifter than used to be formerly learned, which means that we're not biologically just like our caveman ancestors.
Contrary to what the modern magazines might have us think, we don't get pleasure from potato chips simply because they crunch like the bugs our forebears snacked on. and ladies don’t move into shoe-shopping frenzies simply because their prehistoric foremothers accrued assets for his or her clans.
As Zuk compellingly argues, such ideals incorrectly imagine that we’re stuck—finished evolving—and were for tens of millions of years. She attracts on interesting proof that examines every little thing from adults’ skill to drink milk to the feel of our ear wax to teach that we’ve really by no means stopped evolving. Our nostalgic visions of an excellent evolutionary earlier within which we ate, lived, and reproduced as we have been “meant to” fail to acknowledge that we have been by no means ideally suited to the environment. Evolution is set swap, and each organism is stuffed with trade-offs.
From debunking the caveman nutrition to unraveling gender stereotypes, Zuk promises an engrossing research of frequent paleofantasies and the medical proof that undermines them, all of the whereas broadening our knowing of our origins and what they could particularly let us know approximately our current and our future.