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'From your brain to your fingertips, you emerge from her book entertained and with a deeper understanding of yourself' Richard Dawkins 'A masterful account of why our bodies are the way they are . . . this book really shines . . . Roberts's lightness of touch is joyous, and celebratory' Observer 'Witty, personal and above all informed by passion and deep knowledge, this is the story of you, not just from conception onwards but from the millions of years of evolution that have shaped the way we are today' Adam Rutherford ***SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE*** Alice Roberts takes you on the most incredible journey, revealing your path from a single cell to a complex embryo to a living, breathing, thinking person. It's a story that connects us with our distant ancestors and an extraordinary, unlikely chain of events that shaped human development and left a mark on all of us. Alice Roberts uses the latest research to uncover the evolutionary history hidden in all of us, from the secrets found only in our embryos and genes - including why as embroyos we have what look like gills - to those visible in your anatomy. This is a tale of discovery, exploring why and how we have developed as we have. This is your story, told as never before.
|Publication date:||2nd April 2015|
|Publisher:||Heron Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing|
Professor Alice Roberts takes us on an intriguing exploration of how we develop from a single cell, taking in our evolutionary past and showing how it can be seen in the developing embryo. Her style is witty and personal, making it easy to absorb so much scientific knowledge. The text moves seamlessly from the particular stage of embryonic development to how our knowledge of evolution can be seen in that stage, and then back to the developing embryo. The likelihood of us being here is tiny, but we are, and we are left with a challenge to take responsibility and make the most of being here.
Alice Roberts is an anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, television presenter, author and professor at the University of Birmingham. She has presented The Incredible Human Journey and Coast on BBC 2 and Inside Science on Radio 4. She lives in Bristol with her husband and two children.More About Alice Roberts