Author(s): Desmond Morris
A BOOK NO HUMAN ANIMAL DARE MISS READING Here is the Naked Ape at his most primal in love, at work, at war. Meet man as he really is: relative to the apes, stripped of his veneer as we see him courting, making love, sleeping, sociallsing, grooming, playing. Zoologist Desmond Morriss classic takes its place alongside Darwins Origin of the Species, presenting man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape, remarkable in his resilience, energy and imagination, yet an animal nonetheless, in danger of forgetting his origins. With its penetrating insights on mans beginnings, sex life, habits and our astonishing bonds to the animal kingdom, The Naked Ape is a landmark, at once provocative, compelling and timeless. Author Biography: Desmond Morris was born in Wiltshire in 1928. After gaining a degree in zoology from Birmingham University, he obtained his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. He became curator of mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years. He was already the author of some fifty scientific papers and seven books before completing The Naked Ape in 1967, which was to sell over 10 million copies worldwide and be translated into almost every known language. Desmond Morris has made many television programmes and films on himan and animal behaviour, his friendly and accessible approach making him popular with both adults and children, and he is now one of the best-known presenters of natural history programmes. He is also an accomplished artist and his books include The Biology of Art, The Art of Ancient Cyprus, and The Secret Surrealist, as well as his familiar series of Manwatching, Bodywatching, Animal-watching and Babywatching. His new study of the meaning of gestures, Bodytalk: A World Guide to Gestures, is published by Jonathan Cape. First published in 1967, this work has become a benchmark of popular anthropology and psychology. Morris considers humans as being simply another animal species. When "The Naked Ape" was first published in 1967, it shocked many people and became the subject of heated debate, the main objection being that Desmond Morris had written about human beings as though they were just another animal species. In addition to breaking religious and sexual taboos, it was claimed that Morris was putting forward the idea that mankind was trapped by brutish animal instincts from which there was no escape. In fact, he refers to the inborn patterns of behaviour we have in common with animals and gives examples of forming loving pair-bonds, caring for our children, curiosity and inventiveness. First published 1967.