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The Third Chimpanzee
- The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
- By: Jared Diamond
- Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
- Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
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?
A new perspective on so many things human
- By Garry on 10-11-2016
Interesting in parts but not in others...
From the comparative details of testes size in humans and their closest evolutionary relatives to unique abilities of humans to create and destroy things this book is a very broad and detailed look at the evolution of humans - some aspects are quite interesting but others really are not.
Other aspects, particularly related to the advances in genetics, make this book seem a little dated.
Overall it is pretty interesting but it doesn’t really compare to Guns, Germs and Steel.