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Planet Ape

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ISBN-10: 1554075661

ISBN-13: 9781554075669

Edition: 2009

Authors: Desmond Morris, Steve Parker

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The definitive guide to the great apes and how they compare with us, their closest living relatives.Gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans are only a hair's breadth away from us in evolutionary terms; our DNA differs by just a few percent. These fascinating creatures hold up a mirror to humanity, giving us insights into our past, our present and perhaps even our future.Planet Ape reveals the great apes in unprecedented detail: where they live, how they live and the challenges they face. Using innovative artworks, photographs and text, the book makes key comparisons between apes and human beings, including:Anatomy Diet Social life Courtship and breeding Physical and mental development…    
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 9/10/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 9.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.136
Language: English

Desmond Morris was born January 24, 1928 in Purton, North Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He is a British zoologist, ethologist, author, and surrealist painter. After Morris' military service, he attended the University of Birmingham and graduated in 1951 with a First Class Honours Degree in Zoology. In 1954, he received a D.Phil from Oxford University. After graduation, Morris was a Curator of Mammals at the London Zoo until 1966. Morris was a presenter of the ITV television program "Zoo Time" in the 1950s, but may be best-known for his 1967 best-selling book, The Naked Ape, which describes the evolution of human behavior from a zoological point-of-view. Morris has authored nearly fifty…    

STEVE PARKER is an author, editor and consultant specialising in information about the natural world, biology, technology and general sciences. After receiving a First Class Honours BSc in Zoology, Steve went on to work in house at various publishers including Dorling Kindersley and Haymarket. His backlist has grown to 300+ titles, with 150+ as editor or consultant. They vary from small, light-hearted "one-offs" to heavy-duty tomes, commissioned by a wide clients base including international publishers and co-edition specialists.

Foreword
Meet the Great Apes
What is a Great Ape?
Evolution of the Primates
Where do the great apes live?
Family Portraits
Bornean orangutan
Sumatran orangutan
Western gorilla
Mountain gorilla
Chimpanzee
Bonobo
Prosimians
Old World Monkeys
New World monkeys
Gibbons
Of Apes and Men
Shared traits of the great apes
The story of DNA
Extinct ancestors
Living relatives?
Uniquely human
How the human species advanced
The hunted ape
The performing ape
Apes observed
Apes studied in the wild
Ape intelligence
Apes and sign language
Apes in experiments
Ape Anatomy
Apes on the outside
Size and shape
Bones, bodies, and limbs
Skeleton and posture
Muscles and moving
Faces
Hands and feet
Brains and Nerves
Senses
Internal organs
The Daily Meal
Feeding and tool-use
Essentials of diet
Daily needs
Diet and dentition
A life of plants
Foraging strategies
Feeding routine: orangutan
Meat-eating
On the hunt
Communication Skills
Why communicate?
Visual signals
Messages through sound
Touch, scent, and smell
Social Life
Family matters
Living in numbers
Apes alone
Who's in charge
Social climbing
Playing
Joining and leaving
Territories
Sex Life
How many mates?
Starting out
Courtship
Breeding Cycles
Mating
Pregnancy
Birth and babies
The Stages Of Life
Infancy
Childhood
Milestones of infancy
Adolescence
Adulthood
Illness, injury, and death
Threats
Natural threats
Habitat destruction
Hunting and poaching
Disease
Warfare
Not enough genes
Saving Planet Ape
Global efforts
Charity work
Ecotourism and community efforts
Captive-breeding
Rehabilitation and reintroduction
How we can help
Charities & Organizations
Index & Acknowledgments