In the current resurgence of interest in the biological basis of animal behavior and social organization, the ideas and questions pursued by Charles Darwin remain fresh and insightful. This is especially true of The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Darwin's second most important work. This edition is a facsimile reprint of the first printing of the first edition (1871), not previously available in paperback.
The work is divided into two parts. Part One marshals behavioral and morphological evidence to argue that humans evolved from other animals. Darwin shoes that human mental and emotional capacities, far from making human beings unique, are evidence of an animal origin and evolutionary development. Part Two is an extended discussion of the differences between the sexes of many species and how they arose as a result of selection. Here Darwin lays the foundation for much contemporary research by arguing that many characteristics of animals have evolved not in response to the selective pressures exerted by their physical and biological environment, but rather to confer an advantage in sexual competition. These two themes are drawn together in two final chapters on the role of sexual selection in humans.
In their Introduction, Professors Bonner and May discuss the place of The Descent in its own time and relation to current work in biology and other disciplines.
"[This work] is second only in importance to the Origin of Species ... among Darwin's works and the book in which he uses the word evolution for the first time."--Natural History
*Frontmatter, pg. i*Contents VOL I, pg. v*Introduction, pg. vii*Notes and References, pg. xxxvi*Contents, pg. xlv*Introduction, pg. 1*Chapter I. The Evidence of the Descent of Man From Some Lower Form, pg. 9*Chapter II. Comparison of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals, pg. 34*Chapter III. Comparison of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals-Continued, pg. 70*Chapter IV. On the Manner of Development of Man From Some Lower Form, pg. 107*Chapter V. On the Development of the Intellectual and Moral Faculties During Primeval and Civilised Times, pg. 158*Chapter VI. On the Affinities and Genealogy of Man, pg. 185*Chapter VII. On the Races of Man, pg. 214*Chapter VIII. Principles of Sexual Selection, pg. 253*Chapter IX. Secondary Sexual Characters in the Lower Classes of the Animal Kingdom., pg. 321*Chapter X. Secondary Sexual Characters of Insects, pg. 341*Chapter XI. Insects, Continued.-Order Lepidoptera, pg. 386*Front Matter 2, pg. I*Errata, pg. II*Contents VOL. II., pg. III*Postscript, pg. VII*Chapter XII. Secondary Sexual Characters of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles, pg. 1*Chapter XIII. Secondary Sexual Characters of Birds, pg. 38*Chapter XIV. Birds-Continued, pg. 99*Chapter XV. Birds-Continued, pg. 154*Chapter XVI. Birds-Concluded, pg. 183*Chapter XVII. Secondary Sexual Characters Of Mammals, pg. 239*Chapter XVIII. Secondary. Sexual Characters of Mammals- Continued, pg. 274*Chapter XIX. Secondary Sexual Characters of Man, pg. 316*Chapter XX. Secondary Sexual Characters of Man-Continued, pg. 355*Chapter XXI. General Summary and Conclusion, pg. 385*Index, pg. 406*Table of the Principal Additions and Corrections to the Editions of 1874, pg. 477
Series: Princeton Science Library
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 960
Published: 1st August 1981
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.35 x 13.82
Weight (kg): 1.01
Edition Type: Revised