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The author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived investigates what it means to be human—and the ways we are (and aren't) unique among animals.

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The bestselling author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived investigates what it means to be human—and animal

Evolutionary theory has long established that humans are animals: Modern Homo sapiens are primates who share an ancestor with monkeys and other great apes. Our genome is 98 percent identical to a chimpanzee's. And yet we think of ourselves as exceptional. Are we?

In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores the profound paradox of the "human animal." Looking for answers across the animal kingdom, he finds that many things once considered exclusively human are not: In Australia, raptors have been observed starting fires to scatter prey; in Zambia, a chimp named Julie even started a "fashion" of wearing grass in one ear. We aren't the only species that communicates, makes tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. But we have developed a culture far more complex than any other we've observed. Why has that happened, and what does it say about us?

Humanimal is a new evolutionary history—a synthesis of the latest research on genetics, sex, migration, and much more. It reveals what unequivocally makes us animals—and also why we are truly extraordinary.

"A smooth, expert, and often startling history that emphasizes that no behavior separates us from other animals, but we remain an utterly unique species." -Kirkus

"Engaging, accessible, and highly recommended." -Library Journal

"Rutheford's entertaining work offers a refreshing and perspective-altering view of the complex history of life on Earth." -Publishers Weekly

Humanimal

How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature: A New Evolutionary History

Author Adam Rutherford

Narrated by Adam Rutherford

Publication date Mar 19, 2019

Running time 6 hrs

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