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The Descent of Man: Selection in Relation to Sex (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 26 Feb 2004

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (26 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140436316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140436310
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4 x 19.8 cm
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"[Darwin's] second great book . . . An intellectually daring feat." --Richard O. Prum, in The Evolution of Beauty


No book made a greater impact on the intellectual world of its first Victorian readers nor has had such an enduring influence on our thinking on science, literature, theology and philosophy. In "The Descent of Man", Darwin addresses the crucial question of the origins, evolution and racial divergence of mankind, that he had deliberately left out of "On the Origin of Species". And the evidence he presents forces us to question what it is that makes us uniquely human.

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