Third Chimpanzee The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

ISBN-10: 0060845503
ISBN-13: 9780060845506
Edition: 2006
Authors: Jared Diamond
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Description: The Development of an Extraordinary Species We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet -- having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.12" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The Development of an Extraordinary Species We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet -- having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art -- while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins? In this fascinating, provocative, passionate, funny, endlessly entertaining work, renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author and scientist Jared Diamond explores how the extraordinary human animal, in a remarkably short time, developed the capacity to rule the world . . . and the means to irrevocably destroy it.

Jared Mason Diamond is a physiologist, ecologist, and the author of several popular science books. Born in Boston in 1937, Diamond earned his B.A. at Harvard and his Ph.D. from Cambridge. A distinguished teacher and researcher, Diamond is well-known for the columns he contributes to the widely read magazines Natural History and Discover. Diamond's book The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal was heralded for its accessibility and for its blending of science and social science. The interdisciplinary Guns, Germs and Steel--Diamond's examination of the relationship between scientific technology and economic disparity--won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Diamond has won a McArthur Foundation Fellowship in addition to several smaller awards for his science and writing.

Prologue
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?
Uniquely Human
Bridges to Human Language
Animal Origins of Art
Agriculture's Mixed Blessings
Why Do We Smoke, Drink, and Use Dangerous Drugs?
Alone in a Crowded Universe
World Conquerors
The Last First Contacts
Accidental Conquerors
Horses, Hittites, and History
In Black and White
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?
Acknowledgments
Further Readings
Index

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