Paleofantasy What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live

ISBN-10: 0393081370
ISBN-13: 9780393081374
Edition: 2013
Authors: Marlene Zuk
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/18/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.46" wide x 9.37" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.364

We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in caves rather than cities, to run barefoot rather than play rugby—or did we? As Marlene Zuk reveals, theories about how our ancestors lived—and why we should emulate them—are often based on pseudoscience and speculation rather than actual research. Taking us to the cutting edge of biology, Zuk explains that evolution can work much faster than was previously realized, meaning that we are not biologically the same as our caveman ancestors. She shows how our fetishized visions of an ideal evolutionary past in which we ate, lived, and reproduced as we were meant to can lead us astray and distract us from more interesting considerations of how we differ from our ancestors. Along the way, she debunks the caveman diet, discusses whether we’re really designed to run barefoot, and considers modern-day courtship and child-rearing practices in the context of how our ancestors lived.

MARLENE ZUK is a professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside, where she studies behavior in a variety of animals. She has written articles for numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times .

Introduction
Cavemen in Condos
Are We Stuck?
Crickets, Sparrows, and Darwins-or, Evolution before Our Eyes
The Perfect Paleofantasy Diet: Milk
The Perfect Paleofantasy Diet: Meat, Grains, and Cooking
Exercising the Paleofantasy
Paleofantasy Love
The Paleofantasy Family
Paleofantasy, in Sickness and in Health
Are We Still Evolving? A Tale of Genes, Altitude, and Earwax
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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