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New book reveals an evolutionary journey of the human body
Date:1/8/2008

s that many leading causes of death in humansheart disease, diabetes, obesity and strokehave a genetic basis and probably an evolutionary one as well. During evolutionary history as fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, human ancestors were active predators or active collectors and tree-living animals. With illnesses that humans suffer today, much of the difficulty is almost certainly due to our having a body built for an active animal but the lifestyle of a spud, he writes.

Shubin tells this story not only to the scientist, but also to the lay reader. His message is the same: I can imagine few things more beautiful or intellectually profound than finding the basis for our humanity, he writes, and remedies for many of the ills we suffer, nestled inside some of the most humble creatures that have ever lived on our planet.

The hardcover 240-page book will be available on line and at major bookstores beginning Jan.15, 2008. Shubin will give a book lecture at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Montgomery Ward Hall at the Field Museum. The lecture is free with basic admission to the Field. The book will be available for sale outside the lecture hall before and after the presentation. Shubin is scheduled to sign books afterward.

Publisher Pantheon Books of New York has announced an initial print run of 50,000 copies. An audio version of the book is planned, and the book already is being translated into Japanese, German, French, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Italian and Dutch. Book illustrations are by Kalliopi Monoyios, a scientific illustrator in Shubins lab at Chicago.


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Contact: Catherine Gianaro
catherine.gianaro@uchospitals.edu
773-702-6241
University of Chicago Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

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