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In the 1990s, Professor Gordon P. McNeal and his team at St Andrews University unearthed the skeleton of a 0.9-million-year-old man. Their studies revealed a particular athletic stature and pattern of injuries that typically found in the greatest footballers of today. They named the species Homo passiens, and this missing link in human evolution created a storm, and a worldwide frenzy to study "passientology". A stream of discoveries followed, of modern remnants of this ancient footballing prowess in our very best players - in their anatomy, biochemistry and psychology - which was backed up by numerous archaeological artefacts telling the same story. Together, they provide compelling evidence that humans began to walk upright in order to play the beautiful game we now know as football. 

"It’s crazy but it’s brilliant!” says IRVINE WELSH. “We - the neotenous, upright, pipedal species, with our narrow pelvis, opposable thumbs, knock-knees, flat levered feet, sloping forehead and non-opposable big toes ... we are the super-species that gave birth to the big intelligent embodied bipedal brain—an evolutionary anatomical joke, but an evolutionarily poetic joke! An anatomical frankenfreak! Frankenclown! A weird evolutionary farce that made us what we are and what we do, every Saturday of every week, when the dream-game is played.”

"Totally brilliant!” 
Robert Sapolsky, Leading Evolutionary Biologist and Author of "Junk-Food Monkeys"

Editor of Howler Magazine, New York Review of Football Literature

"Very clever and very funny"” 
Tony Collins, International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University

ISBN 978-1-909675-12-4 | 182 Pages | Paperback £ 4.99Full colour illustrations by Matt Kenyon.With Foreword by Hibernian FC fan Irvine Welsh. 

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As well as being a serious Scottish football fan, Mike McInnes is well-known for his work on nutrition and diet. Born in Edinburgh in 1943, he studied pharmacy at Herriot-Watt College, and qualified as a pharmacist in 1969, who ran an award-winning pharmacy in Edinburgh. He finally sold the business to the Boots chain so he could focus on sports nutrition research and the relationship between sugars and energy, especially for enhancing mental and sports performance. His studies led him to challenge conventional views about honey, highlighting it as a “good sugar”  and an optimal fuel for the brain during exercise and recovery. McInnes has written several books on the health benefits of honey, including Honey Sapiens, The Honey Diet and The Hibernation Diet. His understanding of the human brain, metabolism and science in general inspired him to combine his great interest of science with his great love of football in the book Homo Passiens

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