• Evolution Gone Wrong

  • The Curious Reasons Why Our Bodies Work (Or Don't)
  • By: Alex Bezzerides
  • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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Evolution Gone Wrong

By: Alex Bezzerides
Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
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A fascinating, irreverent guide to human evolution and what it means for our bodies today

An eye-opening look into why our bodies work—or don't—the way they do. From blurry vision to crooked teeth, ACLs that tear at alarming rates and spines that seem to spend a lifetime falling apart, it's a curious thing that human beings have beaten the odds as a species. After all, we're the only survivors on our branch of the tree of life. Why is it that human mothers have such a life-endangering experience giving birth? And why are there entire medical specialties for teeth and feet? In this funny, wide-ranging and often surprising book, biologist Alex Bezzerides tells us just where we inherited our adaptable, achy, brilliant bodies in the process of evolution.

The book traces the delightfully unexpected answers to these questions and many more:

Why do we blink?

Why don't our teeth regularly fit in our mouths?

Why do women menstruate when so many other mammals don't?

Why did humans stand up on two legs in the first place?

©2021 Alexander Bezzerides (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Answers questions you haven't thought of yet!

This is a great book! The presentation sparks curiosity in the reader and then delivers scientific explanations mixed with humor and interesting stories. I’ve read quite a bit in the popular science and evolution/behavior genre and this book exceeds expectations. The narration is top quality as well.
Bezzerides engages the reader by asking (sometimes surprising) questions, keeps you curious, and makes you want to keep reading to see what comes next. You won’t be disappointed.

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Very interesting

Excellent perspective on shortcomings of the human body. Shows how traits that were adaptive in previous species became maladaptive for us.

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Evolution builds on pre-existing foundations

The book explores some of the bizarre fixes that patchwork updates that our bodies have done as they've adapted to new environments over the eons and the side-effects of these hardware and software updates in our bodes. Right away, it plunges into questions about why we get impacted wisdom teeth and how our mammalian dentition, with our dentition's limited number of replacements, Each chapter explores one or more design flaws that we have because as we've changed, we had to build on what we already had. Great book for anyone interested in why we get sore backs or need glasses.

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Wonderful Overview of Why We Hurt & Can't See

I loved this book, which is aimed at the educated but not expert reader. It explained why none of my numerous dogs or cats ever suffered back pain, but most of my friends and I have experienced at least some level of spine trouble. Almost all of us wear glasses and our teeth are a mess from childhood, providing great college educations for the children of dentists and orthodontists. I plan on listening to this gem again. oh, the narration is first, as well.

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A must!

We rarely have time to let our imagination and curiosity loose. This book helps you let out the leash a little as you laugh and ponder these interesting questions.

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A clever take on evolutionary biology

First of all, I’m surprised by the small number of reviews on this book. It’s awesome and needs more exposure! The book is as advertised, but I’ll add that the author adds his own humor. I’m an engineer and don’t know much about biology, but I found this book highly educational and entertaining. The reader was as good as any science book that I’ve read. It’s worth your credit.

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oh! that makes sense.

reader is clear and the writing is relational and funny. makes sense out of a lot of common ailments.

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Evolution and us...

This book was a fun and educational journey. I've always been fascinated by our biology and it was cool to learn about our history and get a glimpse into the future of humans.

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Really enjoyable listen

This is a fun, enjoyable listen, really well written and researched- and wonderfully read. Probably the best audiobook I’ve listened to to date.