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Children of Prometheus: The Accelerating Pace of Human Evolution

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Are we still evolving? Scientists have grappled with this question since the time of Darwin. Now, in this provocative book, biologist Christopher Wills argues that we are not only continuing to evolve but that our pace of change is accelerating. He examines the rapid, short-term evolutionary change taking place in people living at the earths extremes (even as babies, Tibetans can draw in more oxygen than lowlanders), and the new physiology of those who participate in extreme sports. But the more we shape our environment, the more it seems to shape us: Whether the future has us wiring our brains into vast electronic databases, or popping “smart drugs” that alter the brains very biochemical structure, new environmental pressures are speeding up our evolution in ways that we cannot now predict but that will help us to survive the future.

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"Are we still evolving? Scientists have grappled with this question since the time of Darwin. Now, in this provocative book, biologist Christopher Wills argues that we are not only continuing to evolve"

About the Author

Christopher Wills is Professor of Biology at the University of California at San Diego. His books include Yellow Fever, Black Goddess and Children of Prometheus. Jeffrey Bada is Professor of Marine Chemistry and Director of the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training in Exobiology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California.

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ISBN:
9780738201689
Author:
Wills, Christopher
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Location:
Reading, Mass.
Subject:
Microbiology
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Evolution - Human
Subject:
Human population genetics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 01-4672S
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 15.8 oz

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