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Author: Alexander Bezzerides Narrator: Joe Knezevich Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2021 ISBN: 9781443463676
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Evolution Gone Wrong is an eye-opening look into why our bodies work—or don’t—the way they do. From blurry vision to crooked teeth, ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments) that tear at alarming rates and spines that seem to spend a lifetime falling apart, it’s surprising that human beings have beaten the odds as a species. After all, we’re the only survivors on our branch of the tree of life.

Why do human mothers have such a life-endangering experience giving birth? And why are there entire medical specialties for teeth and feet? In this funny, wide-ranging and often surprising book, biologist Alex Bezzerides tells us from where we inherited our adaptable, achy, brilliant bodies in the process of evolution.

The book traces the delightfully unexpected answers to these questions and many more, such as:

  • Why do we blink?
  • Why don’t our teeth regularly fit in our mouths?
  • Why do women menstruate when so many other mammals don’t?
  • Why did humans stand up on two legs in the first place?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An unforgettable journey through this twisted miracle of evolution we call ‘our body.’”

    Spike Carlsen, author of A Walk around the Block

  • “Alex Bezzerides’s subject is one that should be of inherent interest to all humans: why evolution designed our bodies in such a seemingly eccentric manner, causing us to suffer from all manner of aches and pains. He provides the answers with gentle humor and easy-to-understand explanations. Along the way he also shares plenty of curious facts that, if you’re like me, you’ll feel compelled to share with family and friends.”

    Alex Boese, author of Elephants on Acid

  • “An exhilarating clamber through some of the remoter branches of the human family tree…Evolution Gone Wrong is the fascinating tale of our imperfections.”

    Thomas Morris, author of The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth

  • “You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll ache all over while reading this book.”

    Nick Caruso, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Alex Bezzerides is a professor of biology at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, where he teaches a wide range of biology classes, from human anatomy and physiology to entomology. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology at Colorado State University and a PhD in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University. He has authored scientific articles in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

About the Narrator

Joe Knezevich is an audiobook narrator and award-winning actor. He earned a BFA in acting from Florida State University and studied in London. In addition to his work on the stage, he has appeared in many roles on the small screen and in film, including in The Change Up, Parental Guidance, 42, The Last of Robin Hood, and Allegiant.