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The Descent of Woman (1972)

by Elaine Morgan

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Groundbreaking as the first book which pointed out that human evolution might well be influenced by how hominid females dealt with challenges. Some of the ideas proposed are a bit fantastic, but Morgan did get evolutionary scientists to acknowledge that how women survived and evolved might just be at least as important as the contribution of men. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Mar 26, 2014 |
So I thought "The Naked Ape" was a great way to look at early human evolution, but Elaine Morgan totally tears it apart. She evaluates different possibilities with a logic that can't be denied or ignored- this is worth a read for everyone. It was a fascinating look at evolution and early civilization. ( )
  the1butterfly | Nov 20, 2013 |
This is why our noses point down. ( )
  picardyrose | Dec 12, 2010 |
I'm not sure how scientifically verifiable her arguments are, but it's a good counterbalance to the idea that all human advancement was due to men, and gives a fresh twist to traditional ways of thinking.
  PollyMoore3 | Sep 2, 2010 |
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A pioneering work, the first to argue for the equal role of women in human evolution. On its first publication in 1972 it became a rallying-point for feminism and changed the terminology of anthropologists forever. It remains a key text in feminist history, as well as an extension to the author's Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, which is gaining more academic support each year. Starting with her demolition of the Biblical myth that woman was an afterthought to the creation of man, Elaine Morgan rewrites human history and evolution.… (more)

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