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Primate Change

Primate Change

‘A work of remarkable scope’ – Guardian



FT Best science books of 2018

Primate Change has been adapted into a radio series for the BBC WORLD SERVICE.



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This is the road from climate change to primate change.

PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history – from primate to transhuman – Vybarr Cregan-Reid’s book investigates where we came from, who we are today and how modern technology will change us beyond recognition.

In the last two hundred years, humans have made such a tremendous impact on the world that our geological epoch is about to be declared the ‘Anthropocene’, or the Age of Man. But while we have been busy changing the shape of the world we inhabit, the ways of living that we have been building have, as if under the cover of darkness, been transforming our bodies and altering the expression of our DNA, too.

Primate Change beautifully unscrambles the complex architecture of our modern human bodies, built over millions of years and only starting to give up on us now.

‘Our bodies are in a shock. Modern living is as bracing to the human body as jumping through a hole in the ice. Our bodies do not know what century they were born into and they are defending and deforming themselves in response.’
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Genre: Mathematics & Science

On Sale: 20th September 2018

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781788400220

Reviews

Entertaining and thought-provoking
Literary Review
An excellent evaluation of our bodily shortcomings
Financial Times
Nature and nurture commingle to fascinating effect.
Nature