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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Mar 16, John rated it really liked it. So, we have the possibility of a special kind of ‘time-lag effect’ here. It says, look how long and heavy my tail is but I can still get away from predators.

If you’re really, really certain we aren’t related to ‘apes’ and you aren’t interested in being convinced otherwise The distinction is based on interbreeding under normal circumstances,: The book also contains a striking chapter about genocide.

Why do people do it, and what can be done to stop it? Thirdd makes the claim that chimpanzees and elephants have produced art in captivity.

The work is challenging, balanced and engaging and pitched perfectly for YA readers.

The progress of human civilization has been very slow. Perhaps we should do this more often.

THe Third Chimpanzee: the evolution and future of the human animal

View all 10 comments. I am adding this here for my own reference, but I am sure you will find it damn interesting too. Intelligence brings the ability to manipulate the physical world in dangerous ways and responsibility does not necessarily develop with brain power.


However, this book has some great explanations on human sexuality but does not address one which I was not able to find a satisfactory explanation for, evolutionarily speaking: Diamond’s answer is that, in part, this was due to the East-West layout of the Eurasian continent, due to which successful agricultural and animal domestication packages combinations of certain domesticated plants and animals could easily be adopted in regions farther east or west.

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

That turns out to be somewhere around seven million years ago, give or take a few million years. Who we are, and how we came to be this way – drawing on a host of parallels from the animal kingdom: I get it that it’s easy to fall for this thirdd being constantly on the guard.

They’ll send robotic probes, and maybe even colonize multiple star systems. It was a tough chapter to read and teetered on the edge of being overwhelmingly depressing to me. However, he’s a lousy evolutionary biologist.

The Third Chimpanzee then focuses on several traits that apparently are uniquely human and absent among animals: Art, which I would define as the soul expressing itself in reality, is a uniquely human endeavor.

In no species besides humans has the purpose of copulation become so unrelated to conception, or the rhythm method so unsuited for contraception. In fact 3C read a bit like an abridged version of the other three books combined.

Here is an outline of the book: Now, time to rant, this book embodied a perspective on life that I am coming to disdain – anthropology, or 21st century intellectualized racial awwwing at the primitive people who are just so interesting! Mar 30, Stuart rated it it was amazing Shelves: Our English word order is severely constrained by having to serve as the main clue to sentence structure.


But you better believe that a hundred million years from now, something will be picking bugs out of trees. Chapter 17 – Tells the story of three ancient civilizations that collapsed due to environmental exhaustion: Why is it that the Eurasians came to dominate other cultures? I had already found, in writing magazine articles, that most scientists whom I asked to help me in understanding their work were pleased to do so, pleased to meet someone else sharing their enthusiasm for their specialty, and generous dizmond their time and knowledge.

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

It actually bypasses the stomach, wherein enzymes would begin to break down the alcohol. Some parts were outdated, which I found remarkable. May 20, Bonnie rated it liked it Shelves: People with huge muscles require lots of food, and they thereby gain no advantage if slimmer, smarter people can use tools to do the same work. Small population, but humans didn’t go extinct on Easter Island. The tricky thing is, you just have to make good arguments in those other fields.