The Descent of Man: The Concise Edition

The Descent of Man: The Concise Edition

by Charles Darwin
     
 

The most accessible edition ever published of Darwin's incendiary classic, edited by 'as fine a science essayist as we have' (New York Times)

The Descent of Man, Darwin's second landmark work on evolutionary theory (following The Origin of the Species), marked a turning point in the history of science with its modern vision of human

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The most accessible edition ever published of Darwin's incendiary classic, edited by 'as fine a science essayist as we have' (New York Times)

The Descent of Man, Darwin's second landmark work on evolutionary theory (following The Origin of the Species), marked a turning point in the history of science with its modern vision of human nature as the product of evolution. Darwin argued that the noblest features of humans, such as language and morality, were the result of the same natural processes that produced iris petals and scorpion tails.

To convey the revolutionary importance of this groundbreaking book, renowned evolutionary science writer Carl Zimmer edited this special abridged edition-made up of nine excerpts, each one representing one of Darwin's major themes-and wrote illuminating introductions to each section, as well as an overall introduction. Zimmer brilliantly places Darwin's basic ideas in the context of the current understanding of human nature and twenty-first-century DNA research. By accessibly presenting Darwin's thinking to a modern readership, Zimmer eloquently demonstrates Darwin's ever-increasing relevance and amazing scientific insight.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452288881
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/27/2007
Edition description:
The Concise Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
942,895
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(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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