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We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, the stump of a tail, and way too many bones in our wrists. We must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves. Millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. We have nerves that take bizarre paths, muscles that attach to nothing, and lymph nodes that do more harm than good. And that's just the beginning of the story.

As biologist Nathan H. Lents explains, our evolutionary history is a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. As we will discover, by exploring human shortcomings, we can peer into our past, because each of our flaws tells a story about our species' evolutionary history.

A rollicking, deeply informative tour of our four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga, Human Errors both celebrates our imperfections - for our mutations are, in their own way, a testament to our species' greatness - and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success.

©2018 Nathan H. Lents (P)2018 Orion

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Fascinating

Love books like these, it had a good pace and full of some facts I knew and lots that I did not know....... Did you know the brain is the organ which uses the most amount of energy in the body, 20% of your calorific intake is used by your brain.

Very well explained and despite the narrator being American my worst nightmare, LJ Ganser was quite easy in my ears.

Would recommend if you want to find out about the quirks in our bodies. Equally its a great stimulate for the mind in the quest for more knowledge..

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Great read with amazing facts while adding humour

A book you won't stop reading due to the entertainment of being bombarded with constant surprising facts

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A great book full of information.

So full of information this book used it's wit and interesting "aha" moments to keep the content engaging. Well worth the read.

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Fascinating

Strong American accent, but very listenable. Written in a light, conversational style so suits audible very well.

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Amazing

Enjoyable and interesting facts
I learnt a lot of essential information for my degree although it only gives an insight . An enjoyable read throughout

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very annoying narrator

The subject matter is interesting but i couldnt tolerate the narrator at all. The speaker is very monotonous

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Changed my perspective on evolution

I learnt a lot from this book. I used to think the human body was a perfect system optimized by evolution, this book changed my perspective.

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Evolution rather than Error

I am a doctor very interested in human error iin the workplace. Getting a book on errors in human evolution was a bit of an adjustment but I was soon drawn in by the absorbing facts & skilful reading. In Americanese: "Good job"

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Interesting, enjoyable and infirmative.

This book seems to be Two books in One. The first part is full of interesting facts about the flaws in our body's anatomy. The second part is more of an insight into human nature and psychology. It ends on a predictive note.

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This is great!

Puts paid to any ideas about intelligent design. This is a fascinating insight into our built in flaws.