(Updated Title: The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee: Evolution and Human Life.)
Synopsis: 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.
WINNER OF THE 1992 RHONE-POULENC PRIZE (Royal Society Book Prize)
Published: 1991 | ISBN-13: 978-0060845506
Author’s Homepage: http://www.jareddiamond.org
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