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Summary

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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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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  • Craig
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  • 16-08-18

Fantastic read!

Had high hopes for this book and it surpassed all my expectations.

Intelligently argued and superbly narrated.

Great fun!