Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes that Make Us Human

Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes that Make Us Human

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by Jeremy Taylor
     
 

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Are we just dressed up chimps? Are chimps so like humans that they should be granted human rights? Chimpanzees are our closest genetic cousins. But that frequently quoted difference of 16% in our genes is misleading, says Jeremy Taylor. Drawing on the latest research Taylor shows that the picture is proving more complicated than we imagined. Chimps are smart, but

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Are we just dressed up chimps? Are chimps so like humans that they should be granted human rights? Chimpanzees are our closest genetic cousins. But that frequently quoted difference of 16% in our genes is misleading, says Jeremy Taylor. Drawing on the latest research Taylor shows that the picture is proving more complicated than we imagined. Chimps are smart, but so are crows. Yes, we should protect chimps, like all wildlife. But let's not pretend that with a bit of training they can use language, or that they can think as much as we do. They may be our nearest relations, but chimps aren't us.

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ISBN-13:
9780199227785
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Taylor is a science documentary film producer. His films have been aired as part of the televisions series "Nova" and the BBC's "Horizon," as well as on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic television.

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Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes that Make Us Human 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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