The Third Chimpanzee: On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
The Third Chimpanzee was first published in 1991 and has been in print ever since. This new, illustrated edition is aimed at a young readership. In it, Jared Diamond explores what makes us human and poses fascinating questions.
- If we share more than 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees, how is it that we can write, read, talk, build telescopes and bombs, while we put our speechless and bomb-less close relatives in cages and zoos?
- What can woodpeckers teach us about spacecraft?
- Is genocide a human invention?
- Why does extinction matter?
- Why are we destroying the natural resources on which we depend for survival?
- What hope is there for future generations?
Not only is The Third Chimpanzee a mind-boggling survey of how we came to be, but it is also a plea to the next generation to "make better decisions than their parents and get us out of the mess we're in."
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