Zoobiquity advances a species-spanning approach to health that turns to the natural world as a source of insights and inspiration.
The book offers two approaches to understanding and addressing high-impact human physical and psychiatric disorders. First, because human vulnerability to illness is rooted in our animal and evolutionary past, to fully understand why we get sick we must also learn why other animals do, too.
Second, the natural world contains countless adaptations with potential relevance to human health.
“Not only have Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers presented a very credible argument for collaboration between disciplines, but they have done so in a most entertaining and beautifully written manner”
— New York Journal of Books
“Zoobiquity is full of fascinating stories of intersection between human and non-human medicine—fish that faint; dinosaur cancers; human treatments that cure dogs of melanoma; lessons from adolescent elephant behavior that explain human teenagers. I was beguiled.”
— Atul Gawande, M.D.
New York Times Bestseller
A Smithsonian Top Book of 2012
A Discover Magazine Best Book of the Year
China Times 2013 Best Book for Translated Title
National Public Radio Science Friday Recommended Book
Finalist for the 2013 AAAS Excellence in Science Books
It blew my mind to discover that teenage animals and teenage humans are so similar. Both are naive risk-takers. I loved this book!
— Temple Grandin, Author of Animals in Translation
"Adolescence isn't just for humans. Here an evolutionary biologist offers up rollicking tales of young animals navigating risk, social hierarchy, and sex with all the bravura (and dopiness) of our own teenage beasts."
Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019
A New York Times Editor’s Pick
People Best Books Fall 2019
Chicago Tribune 28 Books You Need to Read Now
Booklist’s Top Ten Sci-Tech Books of 2019
A revelatory investigation of human and animal adolescence and young adulthood from the New York Times bestselling authors of Zoobiquity. With Wildhood, Harvard evolutionary biologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and award-winning science writer Kathryn Bowers have created an entirely new way of thinking about the crucial, vulnerable, and exhilarating phase of life between childhood and adulthood across the animal kingdom.
The story is told through the real-life coming-of-age experiences of animal adolescents tracked by scientists around the globe. Upending our understanding of everything from anxiety disorders to risk-taking to the origins of privilege and the nature of sexual coercion and consent, Wildhood is an essential guide to the life skills essential to surviving adolescence and thriving as an adult.