Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature: A New Evolutionary History

Author:   Adam Rutherford ,  Adam Rutherford
Publisher:   Tantor Media, Inc
Edition:   Unabridged edition
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9781630154646


Publication Date:   19 March 2019
Format:   Audio  Audio Format
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Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature: A New Evolutionary History


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The bestselling author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived investigates what it means to be human-and animal Evolutionary theory has long established that humans are animals: Modern Homo sapiens are primates who share an ancestor with monkeys and other great apes. Our genome is 98 percent identical to a chimpanzee's. And yet we think of ourselves as exceptional. Are we? In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores the profound paradox of the human animal. Looking for answers across the animal kingdom, he finds that many things once considered exclusively human are not: In Australia, raptors have been observed starting fires to scatter prey; in Zambia, a chimp named Julie even started a fashion of wearing grass in one ear. We aren't the only species that communicates, makes tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. But we have developed a culture far more complex than any other we've observed. Why has that happened, and what does it say about us? Humanimal is a new evolutionary history-a synthesis of the latest research on genetics, sex, migration, and much more. It reveals what unequivocally makes us animals-and also why we are truly extraordinary.

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Author:   Adam Rutherford ,  Adam Rutherford
Publisher:   Tantor Media, Inc
Imprint:   Tantor Audio
Edition:   Unabridged edition
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 2.70cm , Length: 13.70cm
Weight:   0.079kg
ISBN:  

9781630154646


ISBN 10:   1630154644
Publication Date:   19 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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A smooth, expert, and often startling history that emphasizes that no behavior separates us from other animals, but we remain an utterly unique species. -Kirkus


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Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first known genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. His books include A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived and Creation.

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