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Descent Of Man, The : Great Minds - Charles Darwin

Descent Of Man, The

Great Minds

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In The Descent of Man (1871, 1874) Charles Darwin (1809-1882) focused special attention on the origin and history of our own species, a subject he had avoided in his previous writings on evolution. He claimed that the human animal is closest in ancestry to the two African "pongids," or anthropoid apes (chimpanzees and gorillas). Further, Darwin held that our species and these two pongids differ merely in degree rather than in kind - a controversial view that contradicted religious doctrine. The Descent of Man looks at the emergence of humans in terms of primate evolution. Darwin presents a strictly mechanistic and materialist interpretation of our species that is free from superstition and spiritualism.

Preface to the Second Edition
Introductionp. 1
The Evidence of the Descent of Man from Some Lower Formp. 5
On the Manner of Development of Man from Some Lower Formp. 26
Comparison of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animalsp. 66
Comparison of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals (continued)p. 100
On the Development of the Intellectual and Moral Faculties during Primeval and Civilized Timesp. 131
On the Affinities and Genealogy of Manp. 151
On the Races of Manp. 172
Principles of Sexual Selectionp. 214
Secondary Sexual Characters in the Lower Classes of the Animal Kingdomp. 268
Secondary Sexual Characters of Insectsp. 283
Insects (continued) - Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)p. 316
Secondary Sexual Characters of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptilesp. 341
Secondary Sexual Characters of Birdsp. 370
Birds (continued)p. 417
Birds (continued)p. 459
Birds (concluded)p. 481
Secondary Sexual Characters of Mammalsp. 518
Secondary Sexual Characters of Mammals (continued)p. 544
Secondary Sexual Characters of Manp. 576
Secondary Sexual Characters of Man (continued)p. 606
General Summary and Conclusionp. 629
Supplemental Notep. 644
Indexp. 649
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ISBN: 9781573921763
ISBN-10: 1573921769
Series: Great Minds
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 698
Published: 1st December 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition