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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
Just Another Species of Big Mammal
A Tale of Three Chimps
The Great Leap Forward
An Animal with a Strange Life Cycle
The Evolution of Human Sexuality
The Science of Adultery
How We Pick Our Mates and Sex Partners
Sexual Selection, and the Origin of Human Races
Why Do We Grow Old and Die?
Bridges to Human Language
Appendix: Neo-Melanesian in One Easy Lesson
Animal Origins of Art
Agriculture's Two-Edged Sword
Why Do We Smoke, Drink, and Use Dangerous Drugs?
Alone in a Crowded Universe
The Last First Contacts
Horses, Hittites, and History
Appendix: A proto-Indo-European Fable
In Black and White
Appendix: Indian Policies of Some Famous Americans
Reversing Our Progress Overnight
The Golden Age that Never Was
Blitzkrieg and Thanksgiving in the New World
The Second Cloud
Epilogue: Nothing Learned, and Everything Forgotten?
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ISBN: 9780099913801 ISBN-10: 0099913801 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 368 Published: June 1992 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1