The Descent of Man

And Selection in Relation to Sex


Publisher: Penguin Classics


Language: English | Number of Pages: 791 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0140436316 | Isbn-13: 9780140436310 | Publish date: 

Curator: James Moore , Adrian Desmond

Also available as: Hardcover , Boxset , eBook

Category: Science & Nature

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Book Description
In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin refused to discuss human evolution, believing the subject too "surrounded with prejudices." He had been reworking his notes since the 1830s, but only with trepidation did he finally publish The Descent of Man in 1871. The book notoriously put apes in our family tree and made the races one family, diversified by "sexual selection"— Darwin’s provocative theory that female choice among competing males leads to diverging racial characteristics. Though less well known than The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man continues to shape the way we think about what it is that makes us uniquely human.