The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex

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Penguin, 2004 - Science - 791 pages
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In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin refused to discuss human evolution, believing the subject too “surrounded with prejudices.” He had been reworking his notes since the 1830s, but only with trepidation did he finally publish The Descent of Man in 1871. The book notoriously put apes in our family tree and made the races one family, diversified by “sexual selection”—Darwin's provocative theory that female choice among competing males leads to diverging racial characteristics. Though less well known than The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man continues to shape the way we think about what it is that makes us uniquely human.

First time in Penguin Classics Edited by the coauthors of the acclaimed biography Darwin Includes Introduction, suggestions for further reading, chronology, biographical register, and index Reproduces the book's original illustrations and Darwin's own notes

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Pretty much what I expected this 600+ page book to be. I would recommend it for an enthusiast who's looking to get the historical feel and look of the theory of evolution. I would not recommend it to ... Read full review

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I'm fascinated with scientific attempts to explain culture and race throughout history. I don't think we spend enough time talking about scientific consensus on race a hundred years ago or less, and ... Read full review

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CHARLES DARWIN (1809-82) was an evolutionary biologist, best known for his controversial and ground-breaking On the Origin of Species (1856). JAMES MOORE is Reader in History of Science & Technology at the Open University. He is currently working on a biography of Alfred Russel Wallace.ADRIAN DESMOND is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Biology Department at UCL. He is the author of a 2-volume biography of Huxley and is editing Huxley's family correspondence.

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