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The Descent of Man (1871)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140436316, Paperback)
In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin refused to discuss human evolution, believing the subject too “surrounded with prejudices.” He had been reworking his notes since the 1830s, but only with trepidation did he finally publish The Descent of Man in 1871. The book notoriously put apes in our family tree and made the races one family, diversified by “sexual selection”—Darwin’s provocative theory that female choice among competing males leads to diverging racial characteristics. Though less well known than The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man continues to shape the way we think about what it is that makes us uniquely human.
First time in Penguin Classics
Edited by the coauthors of the acclaimed biography Darwin
Includes Introduction, suggestions for further reading, chronology, biographical register, and index
Reproduces the book's original illustrations and Darwin's own notes
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"The Descent of Man" (1871) is among Darwin's most important works, addressing the crucial question of the origins, evolution and racial divergence of mankind. The evidence he presents forces us to question what it is that makes us uniquely human.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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