“If common ancestors with worms, fish, and apes lie in our past, then Zoobiquity points the way to our future. The connections we share with the rest of life on our planet are a source of beauty and, in Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers’ luminous new account, the inspiration for an emerging and powerful approach to human health. Zoobiquity is a book that explodes barriers and myths all in the purpose of bettering the human condition.”
—Neil Shubin, paleontologist and author of Your Inner Fish
“Zoobiquity is full of fascinating stories of intersection between human and nonhuman 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.
“Zoobiquity uncovers the core connections that link our health with all other living creatures on the planet. Presenting a diversity of fascinating examples—from the companion animals who share our homes to wild animals we’ll never even see—this important book shatters barriers between disciplines and professions. Zoobiquity advances a ‘species-spanning’ approach to both physical and psychological problems that could vastly improve how we understand not only other animals but also ourselves. The book’s exploration of animal psychopathology demonstrates important links to, and offers key insights into, human mental illness. The book is a ‘must read’ for students interested in animals and evolution who are considering careers as biologists, ethologists, physicians, veterinarians, nurses, dentists, psychotherapists, nutritionists and many others.”
—Marc Bekoff, author, former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
“Fascinating reading about the similarities in both the physiology and behavior of people and animals.”
—Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
“Centered on an insight rich with consequences, this beautifully written book is loaded with fascinating material that makes a compelling case for viewing human health and disease comparatively. We have more to learn from other species than I had ever suspected. Gripping and memorably engaging, it belongs in the hands of anyone with an ounce of curiosity about the biological sources of the human condition.”
—Stephen Stearns, Ph.D., Edward P. Bass Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
“Zoobiquity is such a great read that some won’t realize that it breaks new ground with dozens of engaging examples of how an evolutionary understanding of animal diseases can help make sense of human diseases. If you are interested in evolutionary medicine, there is no better place to start.”
—Randolph Nesse, M.D. and author of Why We Get Sick
“In Zoobiquity, Kathryn Bowers and Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz have created a wonderful work to be enjoyed by all those interested in human health, animal health, and the science behind medical discoveries. By creating a better appreciation of our similarities with non-human animals and a common language to discuss them, they’ve made a platform for mutual exploration. Humans are not very different from all the other animals on this planet, a fact which the authors make abundantly clear with examples that are surprising, illuminating and enjoyable. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in the health of humans and non-human animals.”
—David Haworth, DVM, PhD, President and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation