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."
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
'Informative, most fascinating, and very readable.' -- Library Journal
'This is exactly the kind of book that should be a 'set text' for secondary school science: engaging, thought-provoking and bang up to the minute. if your teachers aren't recommending books like this - go out and get them anyway.' -- Guy Claxton, author of What's the Point of School?
`An important book and a valuable resource for students of the natural sciences' * Carousel *
'Thoughtful readers interested in any fields related to evolutionary science, anthropology, psychology, human history, and culture will find plenty to ponder.' * School Library Journal *
Praise for the adult edition: `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.' * New York Times *