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Author: Arndt von Hippel, M.D.
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This book is a less technical sequel to Human Evolutionary Biology. It develops and clarifies concepts from that book. For example, Earth without life is difficult to imagine. And life itself is so strange you could never imagine it, were it not already true. One of the hardest things to accept about life is death. Yet life could never have evolved from the primordial ooze without death selectively removing the vast majority of living things before they were able to reproduce. Thus while a simple “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” on reproductive success seems an impossibly crude tool with which to fashion and
detail life’s delicate complexity, that is how it happened. Small wonder that your mind and body are so attuned to reproductive concerns.

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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