The descent of man
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The descent of man

By Charles Darwin
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In the current resurgence of interest in the biological basis of animal behavior and social organization, the ideas and questions pursued by Charles Darwin remain fresh and insightful. This is especially true ofThe Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Darwin's second most important work. This edition is a facsimile reprint of the first printing of the first edition (1871), not previously available in paperback.The work is divided into two parts. Part One marshals behavioral and morphological evidence to argue that humans evolved from other animals. Darwin shoes that human mental and emotional capacities, far from making human beings unique, are evidence of an animal origin and evolutionary development. Part Two is an extended discussion of the differences between the sexes of many species and how they arose as a result of selection. Here Darwin lays the foundation for much contemporary research by arguing that many characteristics of animals have evolved not in response to the selective pressures exerted by their physical and biological environment, but rather to confer an advantage in sexual competition. These two themes are drawn together in two final chapters on the role of sexual selection in humans.In their Introduction, Professors Bonner and May discuss the place ofThe Descentin its own time and relation to current work in biology and other disciplines.

Table of Contents
  • THE DESCENT OF MAN
  • THE DESCENT OF MAN
    • PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
      • CONTENTS.
      • INTRODUCTION.
      • PART I. THE DESCENT OR ORIGIN OF MAN.
      • CHAPTER I.
      • CHAPTER II.
      • CHAPTER III.
      • CHAPTER IV.
      • CHAPTER V.
      • CHAPTER VI.
      • CHAPTER VII.
      • PART II. SEXUAL SELECTION.
      • CHAPTER VIII.
      • CHAPTER IX.
      • CHAPTER X.
      • CHAPTER XI.
      • CHAPTER XII.
      • CHAPTER XIII.
      • CHAPTER XIV.
      • CHAPTER XV.
      • CHAPTER XVI.
      • CHAPTER XVII.
      • CHAPTER XVIII.
      • PART III. SEXUAL SELECTION IN RELATION TO MAN, AND CONCLUSION.
      • CHAPTER XIX.
      • CHAPTER XX.
      • CHAPTER XXI.
      • SUPPLEMENTAL NOTE.
      • INDEX.
    • THE DESCENT OF MAN; AND SELECTION IN RELATION TO SEX.
      • PART I. THE DESCENT OR ORIGIN OF MAN.
      • CHAPTER I.
      • CHAPTER II.
      • CHAPTER III.
      • CHAPTER IV.
      • SOCIABILITY.
      • CHAPTER V.
      • CHAPTER VI.
      • CHAPTER VII.
      • NOTE ON THE RESEMBLANCES AND DIFFERENCES IN THE STRUCTURE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRAIN IN MAN AND APES BY PROFESSOR HUXLEY, F.R.S.
    • PART II. SEXUAL SELECTION.
      • CHAPTER VIII.
      • CHAPTER IX.
      • CHAPTER X.
      • CHAPTER XI.
      • CHAPTER XII.
      • CHAPTER XIII.
      • CHAPTER XIV.
      • CHAPTER XV.
      • CHAPTER XVI.
      • CHAPTER XVII.
      • CHAPTER XVIII.
      • PART III.
      • CHAPTER XIX.
      • CHAPTER XX.
      • CHAPTER XXI.
      • SUPPLEMENTAL NOTE.
    • INDEX.
      • THE END.
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