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The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us Hardcover – 4 Sep 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Heron Books (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184866477X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848664777
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 158 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alice Roberts tells us about the most amazing story on the planet - the creation of the human animal. Nothing is more extraordinary and her guided tour of the human body takes us on a fascinating journey of self-discovery (Desmond Morris)

A masterful account of why our bodies are the way they are ... Roberts skilfully and knowledgeably weaves embryology, genetics, anatomy, evolution and zoology to tell the incredible story of the human body ... It is in comparative anatomy that this book really shines ... Roberts's anatomical expertise is seductive ... Roberts's lightness of touch is joyous, and celebratory (Adam Rutherford Observer)

Roberts's engagingly personal style connects you to your ancestors, to your own personal beginnings as a single cell and, in a most attractive way, to herself as an author of great charm. From your brain to your fingertips, you emerge from her book entertained and with a deeper understanding of yourself (Richard Dawkins)

A brilliant account of how a single cell transforms itself into a living, breathing, thinking person. The book exudes physicality, it is like having an intellectual massage of every muscle in your body - afterwards you are keenly aware of your body and feel like a different person (Mark Miodownik author of The Genius of Invention)

The biggest gap in biology is that between DNA . . . and living creatures . . . Alice Roberts has set out to find it. With wit and enthusiasm, she succeeds (Steve Jones Geneticist and author of The Single Helix)

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The presenter of the BBC's The Incredible Human Journey gives us a new and highly accessible look at our own bodies and into the past to uncover the evolutionary secrets hidden in all of us.

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