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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hannah Holmes Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Well-Dressed Ape, aka Homo sapiens, is a strange mammal. It thinks of itself as complex, intelligent, and in every way superior to other animals - but is it, really? With wit, humility, and penetrating insight, science journalist Hannah Holmes casts the inquisitive eye of a trained researcher and reporter on...herself. And not just on herself, but on our whole species - what Shakespeare called the paragon of animals.

In this surprising, humorous, and edifying audio, Holmes explores how the human animal fits into the natural world, even as we humans change that world in both constructive and destructive ways.

Comparing and contrasting the biology and behavior of humans with that of other creatures, Holmes demonstrates our position as an animal among other animals, a product of - and subject to - the same evolutionary processes. And not only are we animals - we are, in some important ways (such as our senses of smell and of vision), pitiably inferior ones. That such an animal came to exist at all is unlikely. That we have survived and prospered is extraordinary.

At the same time, Holmes reveals the ways in which Homo sapiens stands apart from other animals. Despite the vast common ground we share with our fellow creatures, there are significant areas in which we are unique - our capacity for self-reflective thought and our talent for changing ourselves in response to natural challenges. Deftly mixing personal stories and observations with the latest scientific theories and research results, Hannah Holmes has fashioned an engaging and informative field guide to that oddest and yet most fascinating of primates: ourselves. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/14/2014

    " Extremely interesting! A look at humans from a different perspective. I really liked this book. A lot of the theories I heard in grad school such as the paleolithic diet. She relies heavily on anthropology, which I really liked. All in all a really good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric | 2/8/2014

    " Lots of interesting evolutionary analysis and information about various species and how they compare to humans. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by jody | 2/8/2014

    " Put this one down to switch to audio. It is really good but in the mood for fiction! Audio was no better - slow talker put me to sleep. Might have to get the book again sometime "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jostalady | 1/27/2014

    " Need an engaging overview of current science regarding humans? You got it! Hannah is both matter of fact and amusing in her presentation of what science has to say about human and primate history up into the present. Quite a complement book to my physical anthropology class, which can be...a lot to take in. "

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