Summary: A provocative look at mankind's evolution from the ape into the complex creature we call human. By standards of other animals, our powerful civilization appears unique. So do many of our behaviors, including our sexual habits and the ways we select mates. Yet in many respects we are merely another species of ape--our genes are more than 98% identical to those of chimpanzees. The author "argues that the human being is just a third species of chimpanzee but ne ...show morevertheless a unique animal essentially due to its capacity for innovation, which caused a great leap forward in hominoid evolution.After stressing the significance of spoken language, along with art and technology, Diamond focuses on the . . . propensities of our species to kill each other (genocide and drug abuse) and to destroy the environment (mass extinctions).He also discusses human sexuality, geographic variability, and ramifications of agriculture (metallurgy, cultivated plants, and domesticated animals)."(Libr J) "Written with wit and a pleasure to read. The book's provocative style forces one to reflect thoroughly on the puzzle of human evolution, and where we came from and where we are going."--New York Times Book Review ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 92
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