The Descent of Man

The Descent of Man

by Charles Darwin
     
 

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,

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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. 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.

  • First time in Penguin Classics

  • Edited by the coauthors of the acclaimed biography Darwin

  • Includes Introduction, suggestions for further reading, chronology, biographical register, and index

  • Reproduces the book's original illustrations and Darwin's own notes

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140436310
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/29/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
864
Sales rank:
381,776
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction1
IThe Evidence of the Descent of Man from Some Lower Form5
IIOn the Manner of Development of Man from Some Lower Form26
IIIComparison of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals66
IVComparison of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals (continued)100
VOn the Development of the Intellectual and Moral Faculties during Primeval and Civilized Times131
VIOn the Affinities and Genealogy of Man151
VIIOn the Races of Man172
VIIIPrinciples of Sexual Selection214
IXSecondary Sexual Characters in the Lower Classes of the Animal Kingdom268
XSecondary Sexual Characters of Insects283
XIInsects (continued) - Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)316
XIISecondary Sexual Characters of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles341
XIIISecondary Sexual Characters of Birds370
XIVBirds (continued)417
XVBirds (continued)459
XVIBirds (concluded)481
XVIISecondary Sexual Characters of Mammals518
XVIIISecondary Sexual Characters of Mammals (continued)544
XIXSecondary Sexual Characters of Man576
XXSecondary Sexual Characters of Man (continued)606
XXIGeneral Summary and Conclusion629
Supplemental Note644
Index649

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