The Third Chimpanzee has ratings and reviews. Chuck said: Another great book from Jared Diamond. I found this to be just as engaging as Guns. Diamond, Jared. The rise and fall of the third chimpanzee. I. Title. ISBN 0- Photoset by Speedset Ltd, Ellesmere Port. Printed and bound in. The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, published in , was the first of my six books written for the general public. I look back.

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It may be that the phenotype which we are trying to explain did not even exist in some earlier environment, even though the gene did then exist. Does the extra length of the human penis constitute wasted protoplasm that would have been more useful if it had been invested instead in a larger brain or a sixth finger? Mar 30, Nola rated it liked it.

The other “two” chimpanzees refer to a not well understood “third man” and robust australopithecines. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. He has dedicated this book to his sons and future generations. Some tribes painted them yellow, some green, some had flowers, some feathers, dudes had multiple and some were special occasion ones, etc. But he should have.

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond

The Third Chimpanzee focuses on how many of the characteristics the we consider uniquely “human” language, art, murder really aren’t as unique as we think. The book covers everything from human language, sexuality, drinking, agriculture, and geopolitics through the analytical lens of evolutionary science.

Jul 30, Yasin S. The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal.


In fact, the chimpanzee-human difference is smaller than some within-species distances: The original title of the book in its initial publication was The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee: That stage may have enabled the Great Leap Forward. In many of the discussions throughout the book, an attempt is made to relate human behavior with some similar behavior found in the animal world.

Why Is Sex Fun? Humans write, read, talk, and build telescopes and bombs; no animal does any of those things.

Book review: The Third Chimpanzee (adapted for young people), by Jared Diamond

Part one traces the development of this “species of big mammal” through its evolutionary history. What if they want to wear Nikes?

A few weeks ago, a bunch of us were talking about the origins of our species, Homo sapiens and I was astonished at how little my friends and I knew about our ancestors. Goes quickly, each chapter is like a short story. And if you miss the initial clarification diamons such tricky terms, the book contains a helpful glossary.

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

While I’m picking knits, he claims that the ancient practice of taking an alcoholic beverage as enema would bypass the liver. Chapter 3 – Across primate species, degree of polygyny is correlated with sexual dimorphism in body size and other physical features, and also testis size of males.

But Easter Island had people on it when it was re-discovered. He claims we’ve looked, but the silence is deafening. That is really freaking cool and I would love to see a book handle that topic in more depth.


Those two things allowed us to transmit lots of information because old folks would be the story tellers and survival experts when shit hit the fan and allowed women to also live a bit after having children.


The book ends with the ecological harm humans dizmond done to the planet not just recently, but in ancient times as welland the extinctions of species that we cause. The book tells us a story about the amazing worlds, tribes, and societies in New Guinea and describes quite a lot of interesting and curious facts and conclusions interrelated with the evolution of the species.

Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles to be expanded from May All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes. He also pulls no punches; he seems to have a very realistic view of humanity, good and bad.

A Crack in Creation: For example, I noticed at least five times where he had used group selection, by which a gene propagates because it’s beneficial to the group rather than to the indivi I will show below why I think Jared doesn’t know what he is talking about, why he is an abysmal science writer, and why he is as much of a drama queen as Gladwell. Diamond is a master of spinning hard fact and intriguing theory into readable books, and he does so again in The Third Chimpanzee: Most of the genes of the resulting hybrid societies may have been the genes of old europe.

It is again the point about how we characterize the phenotypic feature that we are trying to explain. The elite became healthier, but at the expense of the majority who became worse off.

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