The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution And Future of the Human Animal

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The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution And Future of the Human Animal

Format:  Paperback,

750 pages

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publish Date: May 2002

ISBN-13: 9780764565458

ISBN-10: 0764565451

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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.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jan 2006
ISBN-13: 9780764565458
ISBN-10: 0764565451
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 750
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.0 x 1.12
Walmart No.: 060845503

About the author

Biography of Diamond, Jared

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.

Chapter outline

Prologuep. 1
Just Another Species of Big Mammalp. 11
A Tale of Three Chimpsp. 15
The Great Leap Forwardp. 32
An Animal with a Strange Life Cyclep. 59
The Evolution of Human Sexualityp. 67
The Science of Adulteryp. 85
How We Pick Our Mates and Sex Partnersp. 99
Sexual Selection, and the Origin of Human Racesp. 110
Why Do We Grow Old and Die?p. 122
Uniquely Humanp. 137
Bridges to Human Languagep. 141
Animal Origins of Artp. 168
Agriculture's Mixed Blessingsp. 180
Why Do We Smoke, Drink, and Use Dangerous Drugs?p. 192
Alone in a Crowded Universep. 205
World Conquerorsp. 217
The Last First Contactsp. 223
Accidental Conquerorsp. 235
Horses, Hittites, and Historyp. 249
In Black and Whitep. 276
Reversing Our Progress Overnightp. 311
The Golden Age That Never Wasp. 317
Blitzkrieg and Thanksgiving in the New Worldp. 339
The Second Cloudp. 349
Epilogue: Nothing Learned, and Everything Forgotten?p. 363
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
Further Readingsp. 371
Indexp. 393

Book 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 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.

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