3.The collagen network16
4.Piloerection19
5.Communicating emotion through facial expressions20
6.Detail of the skin of an embryonic dinosaur23
7.Skin of a frozen baby mammoth25
8.Eastern indigo snake shedding its skin29
9.Shell of the giant Galápagos tortoise30
10.“Grooming claw” of the slow loris32
11.Evolutionary relationships of some anthropoid primates35
12.Group of chacma baboons37
13.San tribesman from Botswana43
14.Cooling mechanisms45
15.Panting as a way for dogs to keep cool47
16.Native of Pharasgaon, India54
17.Solar radiation57
18.Neural tube formation in the human embryo60
19.Children with nutritional rickets63
20.The migration of melanocytes67
21.Two types of melanin68
22.Examples of albinism70
23.Biasutti’s map of human skin colors around the world86
24.Map of skin colors based on skin reflectance data86
25.Sensory receptors in primate skin99
26.Fingerprints100
27.Adhesive setae on gecko feet102
28.Infant monkey hugging surrogate mother105
29.A lie detector test114
30.Angolan mask depicting smallpox scars126
31.The skin’s immune system131
32.Bulbous nose of W. C. Fields, caused by rosacea134
33.Changes caused by aging and sun damage136
34.Visual guide to recognizing skin cancer139
35.Maasai warrior and Indian pilgrim with facial paint145
36.Ancient Egyptian cosmetic artifacts146
37.Whitened face of a female dancer from Myanmar147
38.Decorative patterns from the Lapita culture149
39.Modern tattooing151
40.Henna painting153
41.Mandan suspension ritual154
42.Suspension performed by Stelarc156
43.Decorative facial scars157
44.Woman’s face before and after botox treatment162

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Preface xv
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Skin Laid Bare 9
  • 2 - History 21
  • 3 - Sweat 39
  • 4 - Skin and Sun 56
  • 5 - Skin’s Dark Secret 65
  • 6 - Color 76
  • 7 - Touch 97
  • 8 - Emotions, Sex, and Skin 112
  • 9 - Wear and Tear 121
  • 10 - Statements 141
  • 11 - Future Skin 164
  • Glossary 175
  • Notes 181
  • References 217
  • Index 243
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