Today, the subject of humans consuming one another has been relegated to the realm of horror movies, fiction, and the occasional psychopath. But eating one’s own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. 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.
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 in Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History. 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.
“A jolly book, written in a breezy style, but the research behind it is impressive. Cannibalism…restores my faith in humanity,” Sy Montgomery wrote in her review in The New York Times Book Review.
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