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The Naked Ape : A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal

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FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - WITH A NEW PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR Here is the Naked Ape at his most primal - in love, at work, at war. Meet man as he really is: relative to the apes, stripped of his veneer as we see him courting, making love, sleeping, socialising, grooming, playing. Zoologist Desmond Morris's classic takes its place alongside Darwin's Origin of the Species, presenting man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape, remarkable in his resilience, energy and imagination, yet an animal nonetheless, in danger of forgetting his origins. With its penetrating insights on man's beginnings, sex life, habits and our astonishing bonds to the animal kingdom, The Naked Ape is a landmark, at once provocative, compelling and timeless.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 18mm | 140.62g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099482010
  • 9780099482017
  • 36,670

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"Readable, surprising and provocative" * The Times * "I really enjoyed The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris. It was published in 1967 and is often a very amusing zoological perspective on human beings. The chapter on sex is hilarious" -- KT Tunstall * Independent * "Stimulating" -- Arthur Koestler "Thought-provoking...Morris has introduced some novel and challenging ideas" * Natural History * "Fascinating" * Sunday Times *show more

About Desmond Morris

Desmond Morris was born in 1928. Educated at Birmingham and Oxford universities, he became the curator of mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years. In 1967 he published The Naked Ape which was to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. An accomplished artist, television presenter and film maker, Desmond Morris's works have been published in over thirty-six countries.show more

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"Readable, surprising and provocative"show more

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