Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 March 2022

224 Pages | 19 black and white images and a four page colour plate section


ISBN: 9780198846109

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The Parrot in the Mirror

How evolving to be like birds made us human

Antone Martinho-Truswell

  • Discusses the surprising similarities between human behaviour and social interaction and the lives of birds
  • Analyses the process of convergent evolution which has led to these similarities, and considers what evolutionary pressures influenced the behaviour of modern day humans and birds
  • Demonstrates the ways in which human behaviour is both unusual and extreme in the animal kingdom
  • Explores the ways in which we can understand ourselves better by understanding birds