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Y : The Descent of Man - Steve Jones

Y : The Descent of Man

Paperback Published: September 2003
ISBN: 9780349113890
Number Of Pages: 288

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In his award winning Almost Like A Whale, acclaimed science writer Steve Jones updated the book of the millennium: Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species. Now, taking his cue from Darwin's second great work, The Descent of Man, he turns his attention to one of nature's most neglected creatures: men. The birth of Dolly the Sheep - conceived without male assistance - re-opened and old question: what, precisely, is the point of males? Thousands of species manage without them, so why do we bother? And if every time a man has sex he produces enough sperm to fertilise every woman in Europe, why are men so common? The Y chromosome is the most decayed, redundant and parasitic of the human genome: a microscopic metaphor for those who bear it. Men are not from Mars, but a mixture of society, stupidity and testosterone have created the crisis of modern manhood. Profound and thought-provoking, Steve Jones' brilliant and timely analysis of the descent of men is absorbing and essential reading - for at least half the population.

Industry Reviews

This is science communication at its best: up-to-date, authoritative, witty and packed with human interest. Not just a book for blokes: required reading, too, for every woman who wants to know her enemy - New Scientist

A sure-fire hit - Independent

Steve Jones's ideas drive me almost mad with wonder - Bob Geldof

Stacked full of wonderful anecdotes and vignettes - THES

ISBN: 9780349113890
ISBN-10: 0349113890
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: September 2003
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1