The Third Chimpanzee On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond


The Third Chimpanzee On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond

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.


'A master storyteller of the human race.'

'Informative, most fascinating, and very readable.'

'This is exactly the kind of book that should be a 'set text'

, thought-provoking and bang up to the minute. if your teachers aren't recommending books like this - go out and get them anyway.

's the Point of School? 'An important book and a valuable resource for students of the natural sciences'

'Thoughtful readers interested in any fields related to evolutionary science, anthropology, psychology, human history, and culture will find plenty to ponder.'

'Written with great wit and a pleasure to read... forces one to reflect thoroughly on the puzzle of human evolution, on where we came from and where we may be heading.'

About the Author

Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. He is Professor of Geography at UCLA and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has dedicated this book to his sons and future generations. Rebecca Stefoff is the author of numerous books for young readers on subjects including animals, exploration, famous people, geography, hisotry, science and inventions.

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384 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Publication date

1st September 2015



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