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

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Harper Collins, Jan 3, 2006 - Social Science - 432 pages
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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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Amazing and Educational. - Goodreads
Overview of how some civilizations manage to collapse. - Goodreads
I really enjoy Jared Diamond's writing style. - Goodreads
As always, well researched and inquisitive. - Goodreads
Decent book with some really fascinating insights. - Goodreads
well researched and well written. - Goodreads

Review: The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution & Future of the Human Animal

User Review  - Brandon Carlson - Goodreads

Really interesting survey of human evolution full of interesting insights and offers up some interesting theories about our future. The topics are broad and range from basic evolution to language to genocide and extinction. Long but worth the read. I'd be curious to see an updated version. Read full review

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User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

In a way this was more enjoyable than "Guns, Germs, and Steel" because it was an easier read. There is considerable overlap between the two books, so don't read them at the same time or in close ... Read full review

Contents

JUST ANOTHER SPECIES OF BIG MAMMAL
11
A Tale of Three Chimps
15
The Great Leap Forward
32
PART TWO AN ANIMAL WITH A STRANGE LIFE CYCLE
59
The Evolution of Human Sexuality
67
The Science of Adultery
85
How We Pick Our Mates and Sex Partners
99
Sexual Selection and the Origin of Human Races
110
Alone in a Crowded Universe
205
PART FOUR WORLD CONQUERORS
217
The Last First Contacts
223
Accidental Conquerors
235
Horses Hittites and History
249
In Black and White
276
REVERSING OUR PROGRESS OVERNIGHT
311
The Golden Age That Never Was
317

Why Do We Grow Old and Die?
122
PART THREE UNIQUELY HUMAN
137
Bridges to Human Language
141
Animal Origins of Art
168
Agricultures Mixed Blessings
180
Why Do We Smoke Drink and Use Dangerous Drugs?
192
Blitzkrieg and Thanksgiving in the New World
339
The Second Cloud
349
Nothing Learned and Everything Forgotten?
363
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
369
INDEX
393
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Jared Diamond is the author of the bestselling Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel. A professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is a MacArthur Fellow and was awarded the National Medal of Science.

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