Subtitle: Everything that lives ON us or IN us, but is NOT us!
By: Prof. Tim Flannery & Emma Flannery
Illustrated by: Xavi Ramiro
Genre: YNM - People & places
Published by: Hardie Grant Children's Publishing
Published: 15 May 2024
ISBN: 9781761211744


Life On Us is a first-of-its-kind exploration of everything that lives ON and IN us, but is NOT us, from one of the world’s greatest living explorers and scientists!

Welcome to the fascinating world of Life On Us! Our bodies are home to tens of thousands of species that aren't at all human – on our skin, inside our gut and even in our brain, and they can have an extraordinary impact on how we feel, act and live. Many organisms are microscopic, but some are far longer than we are. Some make frequent but temporary visits, while others stay for a very long time!

Get ready to learn all about our amazing microbiome and the trouble-making germs and parasites you won't like to host. Scientist-extraordinaire Tim Flannery and his daughter Emma Flannery come together in this incredible exploration of a rapidly growing and enormously exciting area of science. Together, they've assembled possibly the weirdest collection of knowledge about the human body, from poo transfusions to research into how parasites can help us. Find out what's living on you!

Did you know:

  • that your gut microbiome makes up three-quarters of the weight of your poo?

  • that COVID-19 can enter your body through your eyeballs?

  • that botox is more poisonous than any snake, spider or jellyfish?

  • that your pet cat could pass on a mind-controlling parasite?

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