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Dunn’s Latest: ‘Wild Life of Our Bodies’

Biologist Rob Dunn’s new book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies, tells the stories of humans’ 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.

Dunn will talk about the book at 7 p.m. on June 30 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh as part of the evening’s events.

Biologist Rob Dunn
Biologist Rob Dunn will speak about his latest book, "The Wild Life of Our Bodies, " at a local event June 30.

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 The book is available online and in stores.

Dunn, an assistant professor of biology, wrote the award-winning book Every Living Thing. 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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  1. Dr. Dunn m
    Most of the science teachers at Cardinal Gibbons HS have seen your presentation at the museum and we loved it.
    We are hosting a Science Festival on January 13th at this high school for the local middle school students and we would like to ask if you would consider being our speaker. The time is 5 PM till 8 PM. We expect about 100 participants, not counting the Gibbons students who are hosting.
    Thank you
    Susan Goethals teacher