- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099482010
- ISBN-13: 978-0099482017
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal Paperback – 27 Oct 1994
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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)
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.See all Product description
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There are lots of eye opening sections, things to make you go "Wow, that makes a lot of sense". Unfortunately there is no direct proof attached to any of the claims (although I'm sure it is based off scientific research). It would just be nice to know these scientific facts as well although I guess that wouldn't make for such a free-flowing book.
Some ideas, particularly those based on sex and sexuality are noticably out-dated, but that is to be expected I guess.
The book has opened up another avenue for me - information on the "aquatic ape", I'm not sure I believe this theory but it definitely makes for interesting reading, I'm about to begin reading a book solely on this subject.
Overall, definitely worth a read, very interesting, thought provoking and actually a bit humbling - trying to get us to realise that we're just like the other species we're related too at our core.
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