Journals Higher Education



Published: 25 June 2010

256 Pages | 22 b/w photographs & line drawings

5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199227792

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Not a Chimp

The Hunt to Find the Genes that Make Us Human

Jeremy Taylor

  • Brings together cutting-edge research in genetics, animal behaviour, and other fields
  • Argues against the common, romantic conception that chimps are like us, spread by Jane Goodall and others
  • Tackles the topical question of whether chimps are sufficiently close to humans to justify giving them limited human rights: campaigners are lobbying for a chimp in Austria, named 'Matthew Hiasl Pan' to be given rights and appointed a legal guardian
  • Gives fascinating accounts of animal behaviour - chimp studies, crows using tools - and the sometimes tragic results of our trust and belief in the 'humanness' of chimps
  • Concerns a fundamental question: what is the genetic basis of our human uniqueness, and how did it evolve?

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