The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris
A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal

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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.

 

About Desmond Morris

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Desmond Morris was born in 1928. Educated at Birmingham and Oxford universities, he became the curator of mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years. In 1967 he published The Naked Ape which was to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. An accomplished artist, television presenter and film maker, Desmond Morris's works have been published in over thirty-six countries.
 
Published January 1, 1967 by McGraw-Hill. 252 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Law & Philosophy, Self Help. Non-fiction

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"The forest ape that became a ground ape that became a hunting ape that became a territorial ape has become a cultural ape" but he'd be a happier, more assured animal if he'd acknowledge his evolutionary inheritance.

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The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body by Desmond Morris 400pp, Cape, £17.99.

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The Naked Man by Desmond Morris Jonathan Cape £18.99, pp258 'Explorers, inventors, architects, builders, warriors and foresters have almost always been males and they have changed the surface of the Earth to a degree that makes all other species seem insignificant.' Is the first paragraph of Des...

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He also notes that our primary sexual position is face to face, and that the female breasts serve more to sexually arouse males than for mere infant suckling alone since the breast is not as conducive to infant suckling the way the breasts on other apes are.

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Every human on the planet should at one time take a look at the human species from a detached point of view: consider them from the mind of some alien species and then question if you think we’re a bit odd, predictable, or whatever descriptive word you want to use.

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His central message is that there is nothing unnatural about homosexuality, and it does not appear to have become an evolutionary constraint because we see it in nature and homosexual couples do often still have offspring.

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Monsters and Critics

Every human on the planet should at one time take a look at the human species from a detached point of view: consider them from the mind of some alien species and then question if you think we’re a bit odd, predictable, or whatever descriptive word you want to use.

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Desmond Morris first gained universal fame with the publication of his controversial book The Naked Ape.

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