The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal

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Random House, Nov 16, 2010 - Social Science - 192 pages

FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - WITH A NEW PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR

Here is the Naked Ape at his most primal - in love, at work, at war. Meet man as he really is: relative to the apes, stripped of his veneer as we see him courting, making love, sleeping, socialising, grooming, playing.

Zoologist Desmond Morris's classic takes its place alongside Darwin's Origin of the Species, presenting man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape, remarkable in his resilience, energy and imagination, yet an animal nonetheless, in danger of forgetting his origins. With its penetrating insights on man's beginnings, sex life, habits and our astonishing bonds to the animal kingdom, The Naked Ape is a landmark, at once provocative, compelling and timeless.

'Original, provocative and brilliantly entertaining. It's the sort of book that changes people's lives' Sunday Times

 

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An illustrated study of the "naked ape" or the homo sapiens or the human being as an aniaml with animal behaviors, instincts and pysical features. Read full review

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I loved this book for it strips away all the fluff and gooey goodness we pile on ourselves. By correlating our behavior to that of apes in the natural world, the author builds a case for understanding ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
5
Exploration
80
Fighting
99

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Desmond Morris was born in 1928. Educated at Birmingham and Oxford universities, he became the curator of mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years. In 1967 he published The Naked Ape which was to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. An accomplished artist, television presenter and film maker, Desmond Morris's works have been published in over thirty-six countries.

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