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Human Evolution

Language is unique to humans and understanding how we evolved can give insights into the origins of language.

The Great Human Diasporas : The History of Diversity and Evolution

The Great Human Diasporas : The History of Diversity and Evolution

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Francesco Cavalli-Sforza and Sarah Thorne

- an interesting study of the complex links between genetics, race, and evolution.

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Genes, Peoples and Languages

Genes, Peoples and Languages

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

- an excellent book which uses genetic, linguistic and archaeological evidence to study to links between peoples and languages, and the spread of cultural innovations.

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Peoplewatching

Peoplewatching

Desmond Morris

- a fascinating introduction to body language with many illustrations and photographs. This book is a completely revised and up-dated version of Manwatching.

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The Naked Ape

The Naked Ape

Desmond Morris

- a controversial and challenging book which studies humans from a zoologist's perspective and seeks to explain human behaviour in the light of our evolutionary past. All naked apes with open minds should read this.

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The Human Zoo

The Human Zoo

Desmond Morris

- an interesting and thought-provoking study of the city dweller. Morris highlights uncanny similarities with zoo animals and looks closely at the aggressive, sexual and parental behaviour of the human species under the stresses and pressures of urban living.

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The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee

The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee

Jared Diamond

- we humans share about 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees, so from a biological perspective, we are just another species of chimpanzee. However our behaviour is very different to that of our evolutionary cousins. Diamond sets out to explain this difference. Accessible, amusing, thought-provoking - a must read for third chimpanzees everywhere!

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Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel

Jared Diamond

- in this book Diamond seeks to answer a question posed by one of his New Guinean friends - Why white people developed so much cargo (material goods) and brought it to New Guinea while the indigenous had so little. He argues that the current dominance of the West is a result of three main factors: geography, climate and biology, rather than any kind of 'racial superiority'. Fascinating.

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