The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee

Author(s): Jared Diamond


More than 98 percent of human genes are shared with two species of chimpanzee. The 'third' chimpanzee is man. This work surveys life-cycle, culture, sexuality and destructive urges both towards ourselves and the planet to explore the ways in which we are uniquely human yet still influenced by our animal origins.


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How our animal heritage affects the way we live 20020220

Winner of Rhone Poulenc General Prize for Science Books 1992.

Jared Diamond is Professor of Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Trained in physiology, he later took up the study of ecology and has made fundamental contributions to both disciplines. He is among the worlds leading zoologists and experts on birds. He has made many trips to the mountains of New Guinea to study their unique birds, rediscovered their long-lost bowerbird, and advises New Guinea governments on conservation. As well as writing technical articles in his many fields of interest, Jared Diamond writes regularly for popular science journals. He is married, and has twin sons.

General Fields

  • : 9780099913801
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : March 1992
  • : 199mm X 130mm X 23mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jared Diamond
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 599.938
  • : 368
  • : Ethnography; Biological anthropology
  • : 14 illustrations