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Diamond, JARED

The Third Chimpanzee

The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

illustrated ed

€ 19.95

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.


Taal / Language : English

Inhoudsopgave:
PART ONE JUST ANOTHER SPECIES OF BIG MAMMAL 11(48)
1. A Tale of Three Chimps
15(17)
2. The Great Leap Forward
32(27)
PART TWO AN ANIMAL WITH A STRANGE LIFE CYCLE 59(78)
3. The Evolution of Human Sexuality
67(18)
4. The Science of Adultery
85(14)
5. How We Pick Our Mates and Sex Partners
99(11)
6. Sexual Selection, and the Origin of Human Races
110(12)
7. Why Do We Grow Old and Die?
122(15)
PART THREE UNIQUELY HUMAN 137(80)
8. Bridges to Human Language
141(27)
9. Animal Origins of Art
168(12)
10. Agriculture`s Mixed Blessings
180(12)
11. Why Do We Smoke, Drink, and Use Dangerous Drugs?
192(13)
12. Alone in a Crowded Universe
205(12)
PART FOUR WORLD CONQUERORS 217(94)
13. The Last First Contacts
223(12)
14. Accidental Conquerors
235(14)
15. Horses, Hittites, and History
249(27)
16. In Black and White
276(35)
PART FIVE REVERSING OUR PROGRESS OVERNIGHT 311(52)
17. The Golden Age That Never Was
317(22)
18. Blitzkrieg and Thanksgiving in the New World
339(10)
19. The Second Cloud
349(14)
Epilogue: Nothing Learned, and Everything Forgotten? 363(6)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 369(2)
FURTHER READINGS 371(22)
INDEX 393
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Paperback / softback
423 pagina's
Januari 2006
322 gram
203 x 134 x 31 mm
HarperCollins us

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