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Publisher's 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 Book

well read and we'll written. A funny insight into our many flaws. this book highlights how mavelously wonderful and flawed the human body is

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  • 21-06-2019

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 our body quirks and equally in-depth to stimulate the mind for more knowledge.

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  • Mark
  • 06-06-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-2018

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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  • Niki
  • 15-07-2019

Fascinating

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

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  • Dr Alison Phelan PHD
  • 28-06-2019

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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  • Nathan Griffiths
  • 26-05-2019

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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  • olivia kidd
  • 20-10-2020

brilliant book about human evolutions wrong turns

The narrator was great as was the content of the book. it highlights the mistakes which evolution made,and the errors of our own ways, in a light-hearted easy to listen manner.

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  • Pierce
  • 05-10-2020

Concerned about our species

Really good book. I found it fascinating how many flaws we humans still have, despite aeons of evolution. I found the book humerous while being informative and quite thought-provoking. The mention of pandemics in the epilogue seems ironically well-timed (seeing as I'm writing this amidst autumn 2020), but I found the variety of predictions he brings up with relation to the future of humanity quite interesting. All-in-all, good book. Would recommend. Especially for anyone interested in biology?

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  • Hadrian
  • 05-10-2020

very good

this book is hours of fun. definitely worth listening to. very relaxing to listen to it.

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  • Howard Hughes
  • 26-06-2019

Very informative and interesting

As a nurse with some understanding of the subjects covered there was still much to maintain interest and increase understanding.

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