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

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By: Jared Diamond (Author)

407 pages, b/w photos, illustrations, tables

Harper Perennial

Paperback | Dec 2006 | #171072 | ISBN: 0060845503
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NHBS Price: £15.99 $20/€19 approx

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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.

Re-issue of the 1993 edition. This book has been adapted for younger readers.


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