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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A somewhat painful read, for two reasons in particular (laying aside the sexism and racism, as being typical of the time): 1) "I may remark before proceeding that, ...the facts are so complex and the ... Read full review

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What can I say about Darwin and his contemporaries? Time has been the great witness to their theories. Those with eyes to see, see the world explained. Even those who don't, can't explain their ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
xi
Further Reading
lix
Note on the Text
lxv
The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex
1
Biographical Register
695
Index
715
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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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