Book takes a look at the “wild life” of our bodies

Date posted: June 21, 2011

Dr. Rob DunnPhoto by Marc HallDr. Rob Dunn

N.C. State University biologist and writer Rob Dunn has a new book available in bookstores and online. In The Wild Life of Our Bodies, Dunn tells the stories of our changing relationships with other species, be they worms, bacteria or tigers.

From an ecological perspective, he considers questions such as what our appendix does, why we suffer anxiety, why human babies tend to be born at night and whether tapeworms are good for us.

E. O. Wilson described the book as “an extraordinary book … that with clarity and charm takes the reader into the overlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an important domain of the human condition.”

A brief description of the book’s contents as well as an excerpt can be found in The Scientist. Or see more writing and an RSS feed on Dunn’s website http://www.robrdunn.com/.

Dunn will talk about the book at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh as part of a bigger event from 5:30 to 10 p.m. June 30.

Dunn is an assistant professor in N.C. State University’s Department of Biology, which is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He wrote the award-winning book Every Living Thing, and his essays have been published in National Geographic, Natural History, Scientific American, BBC Wildlife, Wild Earth, Smithsonian, American Scientist and Seed magazines.

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