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HUMAN ERRORS by Nathan H Lents

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We are all so used to hearing in TV documentaries and the media, in whatever format we choose to absorb such information, how incredible our bodies and minds are, that Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes, is almost light relief. Yes, humans are amazing, highly evolved creatures. However, as US biologist Nathan H Lents points out in this entertaining book, if we are so perfect, how come we have so many design faults? We have retinas that face backward, the stump of a tail, knees not quite evolved enough for standing upright, too many bones in our wrists and pointless ones in our ankles, muscles that don’t attach to anything and lymph nodes that do more harm than good. It appears that, despite all our bravado on our beautiful planet, human evolutionary history is chock full of mistakes.

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There's something undeniably special about visiting our ancestors' final resting places. Read the guide in the latest issue of Family Tree about graveyards and we will help you step back in time. Graveyards and cemeteries are a very real reminder of earlier generations and visiting them will not only spark thought-provoking memories - they may also provide you with new clues and details... And speaking of 'new clues' - don't miss our brand new series 'Taken a DNA test? Now what?'. This is the advice you need if you want to get the most from your DNA test. Discover how to make sense of the results, find more details and grow that fabulous family tree of yours! Join in with the DNA adventure today! We also have a fabulous free guide for you in this bumper issue, Heritage Days Out, packed full of ideas for family and local history trips to take this summer. Enjoy your travels through time!