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  • Published: New York : HarperPerennial, [2006]
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 407, 16 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0060845503
  • 9780060845506


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The third chimpanzee : the evolution and future of the human animal

by Diamond, Jared M.

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"P.S., insights, interviews & more": p. [1]-16 (3rd group).

Prologue -- Just another species of big mammal -- tale of three chimps -- great leap forward -- animal with a strange life cycle -- evolution of human sexuality -- 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 -- last first contacts -- Accidental conquerors -- Horses, Hittites, and history -- In black and white -- Reversing our progress overnight -- golden age that never was -- Blitzkrieg and Thanksgiving in the New World -- second cloud -- Epilogue : nothing learned and everything forgotten? -- Acknowledgments -- Further readings -- Index

A renowned scientist examines the less than two percent of human genes that distinguish us from chimpanzees and that link human behaviors--such as genocide, drug addiction, and the extermination of other species--to our animal predecessors.

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