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The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex

Charles Darwin


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PUBLISHED: 30th June 2004
ISBN: 9780140436310
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In "The Origin of Species," Charles Darwin refused to discuss human evolution, believing the subject too asurrounded with prejudices.a 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 asexual selectionaa Darwinas 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.
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  • Paperback
    $20.16
PUBLISHED: 30th June 2004
ISBN: 9780140436310
ANNOTATION:
In "The Origin of Species," Charles Darwin refused to discuss human evolution, believing the subject too asurrounded with prejudices.a 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 asexual selectionaa Darwinas 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.

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In "The Origin of Species," Charles Darwin refused to discuss human evolution, believing the subject too asurrounded with prejudices.a 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 asexual selectionaa Darwinas 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.

Publisher Description

Applying his controversial theory of evolution to the origins of the human species, Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man was the culmination of his life's work. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by James Moore and Adrian Desmond.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. Named by Sigmund Freud as 'one of the ten most significant books' ever written, Darwin's Descent of Man continues to shape the way we think about what it is that makes us uniquely human.In their introduction, James Moore and Adrian Desmond, acclaimed biographers of Charles Darwin, call for a radical re-assessment of the book, arguing that its core ideas on race were fired by Darwin's hatred of slavery. The text is the second and definitive edition and this volume also contains suggestions for further reading, a chronology and biographical sketches of prominent individuals mentioned.Charles Darwin (1809-82), a Victorian scientist and naturalist, has become one of the most famous figures of science to date. The advent of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859 challenged and contradicted all contemporary biological and religious beliefs.If you enjoyed The Descent of Man, you might like Darwin's On the Origin of Species, also available in Penguin Classics.

Author Biography

CHARLES DARWIN (1809-82) was an evolutionary biologist, best known for his controversial and ground-breaking On the Origin of Species (1856). JAMES MOORE is Reader in History of Science & Technology at the Open University. He is currently working on a biography of Alfred Russel Wallace.ADRIAN DESMOND is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Biology Department at UCL. He is the author of a 2-volume biography of Huxley and is editing Huxley's family correspondence.

Review

"[Darwin's] second great book . . . An intellectually daring feat." --Richard O. Prum, in The Evolution of Beauty

Product Details

Author
Charles Darwin
Short Title
DESCENT OF MAN & SELECTION IN
Pages
791
Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0140436316
ISBN-13
9780140436310
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2004
Publication Date
2004-06-30
Subtitle
Selection in Relation to Sex
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
1st
Residence
ENK