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How our animal heritage affects the way we live

From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel
More than 98 % of human genes are shared with two species of chimpanzee. The 'third' chimpanzee is man.

Jared Diamond surveys our life-cycle, culture, sexuality and destructive urges both towards ourselves and the planet to explore the ways in which we are uniquely human yet still influenced by our animal origins.

Reviews

Eloquent and knowledgeable account of the tiny genetic difference between humans and chimps

Independent

Some biologists are just scientists; but some truly are thinkers. Jared Diamond is one of the latter. Whatever he applies himself to, his contribution is original and worthwhile

Colin Tudge

A fascinating portrait with more than enough uncomfortable facts to stop any dinner-party conversation in its tracks - an important book

Financial Times

Confirms Diamond as an impressive scholar and popularizer-an enjoyable, stimulating and audacious book

Nature

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Formats & editions

  • The Rise And Fall Of The Third Chimpanzee
    Jared Diamond

    EBook

    9781409001409

    July 31, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    368 pages

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  • The Rise And Fall Of The Third Chimpanzee
    Jared Diamond

    Paperback

    9780099913801

    June 29, 1992

    Vintage

    368 pages

    RRP $34.99

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