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

Paperback | January 3, 2006

byJared M. Diamond

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The Development of an Extraordinary Species

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.

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The Development of an Extraordinary SpeciesWe 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...

Jared Diamond is the author of the bestselling Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel. A professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is a MacArthur Fellow and was awarded t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:January 3, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great synopsis of Human history Interesting read that chronicles how we ended up bipedal and hairless.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We're not that different than chimps It seems hard to believe that we differ from chimps by only 1.6% of our DNA doesn't it? But, through his remarkable and accessible work, Diamond makes it extremely clear. And, you don't need to understand genetics to understand (even though he explains that as well)!! Instead, Diamond weaves together the story of our journey from just another witty primate to the dominant spieces on the planet using analogies and comparisons with our closest relatives (the common and pygmy chimps) as well as other animals, in a way that compels the reader to appreciate how much we have in common with the rest of nature. Addressing topics such as our sexuality, life cycle, use of language, and tendency for self-destruction, Diamond explains how humans have evolved, why we do what we do, and what the implications for the future are if we can't appreciate the past and present. However, he does seem, at times, to place a little too much emphasis on the pressures of population growth, and seems to suggest that all our answers could be solved if the whole world just stopped having children. Which, I find a little problematic and simplistic. All the same, the book is absolutely well done, and well written. For anyone who has an interest in better understanding human evolution, our past, and the roots of human culture, I suggest you give this a read. It's great!
Date published: 2007-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great overview of Humanity's Journey Great book on humankind's evolution from ape to world dominator. Most of the ideas are not new to those interested in this subject area but Mr. Diamond presents them in a concise easy-to-read compendium. Each chapter focuses on advances in human evolution (language, warfare, animal domestication, human migration, the A-Bomb, extinction of animal species etc...) The last chapter serves as a lesson to our collective future that if we do not take care of this planet, our species may go extinct like so many others. Informative as this book enables you to understand this crazy world in which we live in.
Date published: 2006-06-19