The Development of an Extraordinary Species We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet -- having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built... read more
PART ONE: JUST ANOTHER SPECIES OF BIG MAMMAL
1 A Tale of Three Chimps
2 The Great Leap Forward
PART TWO: AN ANIMAL WITH A STRANGE LIFE CYCLE
3 The Evolution of Human Sexuality
4 The Science of Adultery
5 How We Pick Our Mates and Sex Partners
6 Sexual Selection, and the Origin of Human Races
7 Why Do We Grow Old and Die?
PART THREE: UNIQUELY HUMAN
8 Bridges to Human Language
Appendix: Neo-Melanesian in One Easy Lesson
9 Animal Origins of Art
10 Agriculture's Two-Edged Sword
11 Why Do We Smoke, Drink, and Use Dangerous Drugs?
12 Alone in a Crowded Universe
PART FOUR: WORLD CONQUERORS
13 The Last First Contacts
14 Accidental Conquerors
15 Horses, Hittites, and History
Appendix: A prot-Indo-European Fable
16 In Black and White
Appendix: Indian Policies of Some Famous Americans
PART FIVE: REVERSING OUR PROGRESS OVERNIGHT
17 The Golden Age that Never Was
18 Blitzkrieg and Thanksgiving in the New World
19 The Second Cloud
EPILOGUE: Nothing Learned, and Everything Forgotten?
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