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Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our…

Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution

by Scott Solomon

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Interesting book with insights into human evolution. Not groundbreaking, but accessible for the armchair scientist. The title is mildly misleading - only the last 3-4 pages touch on the future possibilities for human evolution. I would have liked to have seen more on how modern life (e.g., medicine, diet, etc.) has impacted evolution, and, in many ways, made "survival of the fittest" a bit more complicated. Overall, though, this was a pleasant, informative read and a good introduction for those with a passing interest in evolution and genetics.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley! ( )
  joyhclark | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300208715, Hardcover)

In this intriguing book, evolutionary biologist Scott Solomon draws on the explosion of discoveries in recent years to examine the future evolution of our species. Combining knowledge of our past with current trends, Solomon offers convincing evidence that evolutionary forces still affect us today. But how will modernization—including longer lifespans, changing diets, global travel, and widespread use of medicine and contraceptives—affect our evolutionary future?

Solomon presents an entertaining and accessible review of the latest research on human evolution in modern times, drawing on fields from genomics to medicine and the study of our microbiome. Surprising insights, ranging from the rise of online dating and Cesarean sections to the spread of diseases such as HIV and Ebola, suggest that we are entering a new phase in human evolutionary history—one that makes the future less predictable and more interesting than ever before.

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