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Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History (2017) [audiobook+ebook]

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File Duration
00 Title, Prologue.mp3 17m22s
01 c01 Animal the Cannibal.mp3 34m41s
02 c02 Go on, Eat the Kids.mp3 24m46s
03 c03 Sexual Cannibalism, or Size Matters.mp3 29m36s
04 c04 Quit Crowding Me.mp3 14m8s
05 c05 Bear Down.mp3 14m4s
06 c06 Dinosaur Cannibals.mp3 14m26s
07 c07 File Under- Weird.mp3 10m18s
08 c08 Neanderthals and the Guys in the Other Valley.mp3 27m1s
09 c09 Columbus, Caribs, and Cannibalism.mp3 14m38s
10 c10 Bones of Contention.mp3 25m37s
11 c11 Cannibalism and the Bible.mp3 17m18s
12 c12 The Worst Party Ever.mp3 1h10m
13 c13 Eating People is Bad.mp3 40m27s
14 c14 Eating People is Good.mp3 22m33s
15 c15 Chia Skulls and Mummy Powder.mp3 20m20s
16 c16 Placenta Helper.mp3 41m26s
17 c17 Cannibalism in the Pacific Islands.mp3 36m35s
18 c18 Mad Cows and Englishmen.mp3 21m55s
19 c19 Acceptable Risk.mp3 20m39s
20 Epilogue- One Step Beyond, Credits.mp3 18m21s
Total Duration 8h56m11s

For centuries scientists have written off cannibalism as a bizarre phenomenon with little biological significance. Its presence in nature was dismissed as a desperate response to starvation or other life-threatening circumstances, and few spent time studying it. A taboo subject in our culture, the behavior was portrayed mostly through horror movies or tabloids sensationalizing the crimes of real-life flesh-eaters. But the true nature of cannibalism--the role it plays in evolution as well as human history--is even more intriguing (and more normal) than the misconceptions we’ve come to accept as fact.

In Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, zoologist Bill Schutt sets the record straight, debunking common myths and investigating our new understanding of cannibalism’s role in biology, anthropology, and history in the most fascinating account yet written on this complex topic. Schutt takes readers from Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, where he wades through ponds full of tadpoles devouring their siblings, to the Sierra Nevadas, where he joins researchers who are shedding new light on what happened to the Donner Party--the most infamous episode of cannibalism in American history. He even meets with an expert on the preparation and consumption of human placenta (and, yes, it goes well with Chianti).

Bringing together the latest cutting-edge science, Schutt answers questions such as why some amphibians consume their mother’s skin; why certain insects bite the heads off their partners after sex; why, up until the end of the twentieth century, Europeans regularly ate human body parts as medical curatives; and how cannibalism might be linked to the extinction of the Neanderthals. He takes us into the future as well, investigating whether, as climate change causes famine, disease, and overcrowding, we may see more outbreaks of cannibalism in many more species--including our own.

Cannibalism places a perfectly natural occurrence into a vital new context and invites us to explore why it both enthralls and repels us.
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