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Nothing turns a babys head more quickly than the sight or sound of an animal. This fascination is driven by the ancient chemical forces that first drew humans and animals together. It is also the same biology that transformed wolves into dogs and skittish horses into valiant comrades that would carry us into battle. Made for Each Other is the first book to explain how this chemistry of attraction and attachment flows throughand betweenall mammals to create the profound emotional bonds humans and animals still feel today. Drawing on recent discoveries from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, behavioral psychology, archeology, as well as her own investigations, Meg Daley Olmert explains why the brain chemistry humans and animals trigger in each other also has a profound effect on our mental and physical well being. This lively and original investigation asks what happens when the bond is severed. If thousands of years of caring for animals infused us with a biology that shaped our hearts and minds, do we dare turn our back on it? Daley Olmert makes a compelling and scientific case for what our hearts have always known, that we were, and always will be, made for each other.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306817366
ISBN-10: 0306817365
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 150mm x 28mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 13-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Meg Daley Olmert

Meg Daley Olmert has developed and produced natural history and cultural documentaries for Smithsonian World, National Geographic Explorer, Discovery Channel and PBS. She and her husband live on the eastern shore of Maryland with their kayaking cats.

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Made for Each Other by Meg Daley Olmert

Made for Each Other

Paperback, March 2010
$27.46