HOST: Ken Bronstein
TOPIC: The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Jared Mason Diamond (born September 10, 1937) is an American geographer, historian, and author best known for his popular science books The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs, and Steel, awarded a Pulitzer Prize); Collapse; and The World Until Yesterday. Originally trained in physiology, Diamond is known for drawing from a variety of fields, including anthropology, ecology, geography and evolutionary biology.
Diamond’s, The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, examines human evolution and its relevance to the modern world, incorporating evidence from anthropology, evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology, and linguistics. The book traces how humans evolved to be so different from other animals, despite sharing over 98% of our DNA with our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzees. The book also examines the animal origins of language, art, agriculture, smoking and drug use, and other apparently uniquely human attributes.
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