The Third Chimpanzee

The Third Chimpanzee

The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

Book - 2006
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A renowned scientist examines the less than two percent of human genes that distinguish us from chimpanzees and that link human behaviors--such as genocide, drug addiction, and the extermination of other species--to our animal predecessors.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, [2006]
ISBN: 9780060845506
0060845503
Characteristics: 407, 16 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: 3rd chimpanzee.

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tirjan
Jul 01, 2019

Not surprisingly, The Third Chimpanzee is very dissimilar from Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse. However, Third Chimp goes into deeper exploration of the human migration from Africa to the Middle East and to Australia/New Zealand, then Asia and Western Europe and finally to the Americas and Pacific Islands. Very thought provoking stuff.

Throughout the book Diamond comes at human evolution based on his first hand knowledge of Stone Age peoples because of research he did in Papua New Guinea beginning in the 60s. The grandchildren of those primitive peoples now work in airports, run computers and are aware of what is going on elsewhere in the world. Their grandparents didn’t know there were even other people alive beyond their village or group of villages.

Diamond further details how earlier civilizations disappeared because of environmental degradation and population growth beyond the ability of their area to support such overpopulation. Examples include the Middle East, North Africa, the Mayan, Inca and Easter Island peoples of the New World. And it doesn’t look good for many of the 7 billion people living today. (note: he refers to 5 billion which it was when he published in 2003)

Not for the faint of heart but a very interesting read. Looking forward to his Upheaval; Turning Points for Nations in Crisis (published in 2019).

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publicenemy47
Feb 06, 2016

very interesting very good read learning a lot from reading this book. why human being are the why they are.

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Heretic
Mar 13, 2013

It touches on what can we draw from our place on the family tree. What of our 1.8% difference of other chimps sets us apart. It illustrates beautifully this notion that we are a superior species to the others as illogical. It parallels us to the other species, what do they do better than us. What makes us different, and what of this difference has lead us astray in environmental damages, and what can we do to use our intelligence to fix the damages we have done and to improve as a species as a whole, It is a excellent fusing of anthropology and evolutionary biology.

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doroschelch
Aug 07, 2012

The first of the trilogy that also comprises "Guns, Germs and Steel" and "Collapse"; racy style, as in all of Diamond's writing, that allows you to read sophisticated science like a thriller - and learn everything you need to know about the world at the same time!

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Gardengallivant
Aug 28, 2010

Diamond is an experienced author who builds his supporting arguments and lists his contributory evidence with vigor and authority. He occasionally writes the sensational tidbit with intent to shock and break apart previous notions of is human only behavior.

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Jan 11, 2010

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