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The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee :  How Our Animal Heritage Affects the Way We Live - Jared Diamond

The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee

How Our Animal Heritage Affects the Way We Live

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More than 98 percent of human genes are shared with two species of chimpanzee. The 'third' chimpanzee is man. Jared Diamond surveys out life-cycle, culture, sexuality and destructive urges both towards ourselves and the planet to explore the ways in which we are uniquely human yet still influenced by our animal origins.

Winner of the 1992 Science Book Prize.

About the Author

Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of TIME’s best non-fiction books of all time, the number one international bestseller Collapse and most recently The World Until Yesterday. A professor of geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond’s work has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history, among others.

"Eloquent and knowledgeable account of the tiny genetic difference between humans and chimps." - Independent

"Some biologists are just scientists; but some truly are thinkers. Jared Diamond is one of the latter. Whatever he applies himself to, his contribution is original and worthwhile." - Colin Tudge

"A fascinating portrait with more than enough uncomfortable facts to stop any dinner-party conversation in its tracks - an important book." - Financial Times

"Confirms Diamond as an impressive scholar and popularizer-an enjoyable, stimulating and audacious book." - Nature

Prologuep. 1
Just Another Species of Big Mammalp. 9
A Tale of Three Chimpsp. 12
The Great Leap Forwardp. 27
An Animal with a Strange Life Cyclep. 49
The Evolution of Human Sexualityp. 56
The Science of Adulteryp. 72
How We Pick Our Mates and Sex Partnersp. 84
Sexual Selection, and the Origin of Human Racesp. 95
Why Do We Grow Old and Die?p. 106
Uniquely Humanp. 121
Bridges to Human Languagep. 125
Appendix: Neo-Melanesian in One Easy Lessonp. 150
Animal Origins of Artp. 152
Agriculture's Two-Edged Swordp. 163
Why Do We Smoke, Drink, and Use Dangerous Drugs?p. 173
Alone in a Crowded Universep. 184
World Conquerorsp. 197
The Last First Contactsp. 202
Accidental Conquerorsp. 213
Horses, Hittites, and Historyp. 225
Appendix: A proto-Indo-European Fablep. 248
In Black and Whitep. 250
Appendix: Indian Policies of Some Famous Americansp. 277
Reversing Our Progress Overnightp. 279
The Golden Age that Never Wasp. 285
Blitzkrieg and Thanksgiving in the New Worldp. 304
The Second Cloudp. 313
Epilogue: Nothing Learned, and Everything Forgotten?p. 327
Further Readingp. 333
Acknowledgementsp. 354
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780099913801
ISBN-10: 0099913801
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: June 1992
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1