The illustrated naked ape: a zoologist's study of the human animal

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Crown, May 12, 1986 - Nature - 176 pages
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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A somewhat dated book now, but in his day Morris - almost single handedly - broke down some [at the time] very controversial barriers. We didn't particularly like being shown what animals we were. Read full review

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A fascinating read by a great thinker. Virtually no aspect of human nature and physiognomy escapes his keen zoologist eyes; even responses such as smiling, laughing and crying. However, be warned: not ... Read full review


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Desmond Morris was born January 24, 1928 in Purton, North Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He is a British zoologist, ethologist, author, and surrealist painter. After Morris' military service, he attended the University of Birmingham and graduated in 1951 with a First Class Honours Degree in Zoology. In 1954, he received a D.Phil from Oxford University. After graduation, Morris was a Curator of Mammals at the London Zoo until 1966. Morris was a presenter of the ITV television program "Zoo Time" in the 1950s, but may be best-known for his 1967 best-selling book, The Naked Ape, which describes the evolution of human behavior from a zoological point-of-view. Morris has authored nearly fifty scientific publications.