The Third Chimpanzee for Young People: On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

The Third Chimpanzee for Young People: On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

Hardback For Young People Series

By (author) Professor of Geography Jared Diamond, Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff

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  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 370 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 204mm x 30mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1609805224
  • ISBN 13: 9781609805227
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 671,763

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At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons--all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial fork in our road. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species' future if we change? With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today's young people will inherit. Triangle Square's "The Third Chimpanzee for Young People" is a book for future generation and the future they'll help build.

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In addition to teaching geography at UCLA, researching the birds of New Guinea and the Southwest Pacific Islands, and promoting the practice of sustainable environmental policies to leaders around the world, JARED DIAMOND is also the author of bestselling books about evolution and human history. Diamond studied physiology at Harvard and Cambridge, before narrowing his research to the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the gall bladder. It was on a summer trip to New Guinea in 1964, however, that he first began to carefully consider the questions that would intrigue him for the next half-century: why did New Guinea's extremely intelligent and resourceful indigenous peoples have no writing, chiefs, or steel tools? His Pulitzer Prize-winning "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" was an attempt to answer that question. Diamond is the author of several other books on geography and evolutionary biology, including "Why is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality" and "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed." "The Third Chimpanzee for Young People" is his first book adapted for younger audiences. Diamond lives in Los Angeles. REBECCA STEFOFF specializes in writing nonfiction for young readers, with a focus on scientific, historical, and literary subjects. Her adaptations include "A Young People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn and "A Different Mirror for Young People" by Ronald T. Takaki.

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"This is exactly the kind of book that should be a 'set text' for a reinvigorated science curriculum: engaging, thought-provoking and bang up to the minute. If your teachers aren't recommending books like this - go out and get them anyway." Guy Claxton, author of "What's the Point of School?"

Table of contents

Introduction: what makes us human? part one: just another big mammal chapter 1: a tale of three chimps chapter 2: the great leap forward part two: a strange life cycle  chapter 3: human sexuality  chapter 4: the origin of human races chapter 5: why do we grow old and die? part three: uniquely human  chapter 6: the mystery of language chapter 7: animal origins of art  chapter 8: agriculture, for better and worse  chapter 9: why do we smoke, drink, and use dangerous drugs?  chapter 10: alone in a crowded universe part four: world conquerors chapter 11: the last first contacts chapter 12: accidental conquerors chapter 13: in black and white part five: reversing our progress overnight  chapter 14: the golden age that never was  chapter 15: blitzkrieg and thanksgiving in the new world  chapter 16: the second cloud  Afterword : nothing learned, everything forgotten?  Glossary Index Photograph and Illustration Credits  About the Authors