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Human Evolutionary Biology: Human Anatomy and Physiology from an Evolutionary Perspective

Author: Arndt von Hippel, M.D.
To Purchase: Amazon USA / Amazon UK


This book was awarded 4.5 (out of a possible 5) stars by readers. The organizing principles that underlie modern Evolution Theory are so fundamental and inclusive that they apply equally to all forms of life, everywhere and always. Life’s origin provides the point of departure for this book. A review of life’s layered progression from bacterium to nucleated cell to multicellular organism, shows how inadvertent information transfers and accidental mergers of desperately competing life forms brought about important advances. As we examine the efficiencies gained through cell specialization, it becomes clear why the reorganization of specialized cells into complex organ systems brought additional reproductive advantages. Our overview of human biology concludes with evolutionary insights into human sexuality and embryonic development. As for those with little previous exposure to human physiology or modern Evolution Theory, this book can help bring you up to speed."

“The author displays an excellent talent for describing biologic processes in easy to comprehend and interesting lay terms” “charming and informative…” :the approach is refreshing ...droll and sardonic…” “I enjoyed a chuckle or two as I read the manuscript … a very nice job of tying in the evolutionary connections…the
integration of familiar one a sense that this material has relevance to the real world.” “Reducing the human species to just a type of evolutionary form is folly!” “Arndt von Hippel’s irreverent and entertaining text tells it like it is. This dense, accessible, fact-filled tome should be in the hands of anyone curious about people as animals - which means all of us. ...von Hippel informs, amuses and clarifies with fearless honesty. He represents the enlightenment. Buy this book, read it, and pass it to your friends.” -Professor Lynn Margulis

About the Author

Arndt von Hippel was born in Germany in 1932 and arrived in the United States in 1936. He comes from a unique multigenerational scientific family that was featured in The Scientist. Dr. von Hippel acquired his B.S. in Biology from M.I.T. and an M.D. from Harvard. In 1965, after eight years of surgical training, he moved to Anchorage with his pediatrician wife and their children, where he opened a solo practice in chest surgery and later developed Alaska’s very successful heart surgery program. Following retirement, von Hippel taught a popular course in human anatomy and physiology at the University of Alaska. Because none of the available textbooks explained human anatomy and physiology from an evolutionary perspective, von Hippel then wrote his own widely respected Human Evolutionary Biology.

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