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At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?
With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s students will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Kids is for them and the future they’ll help build.
"Starting with the molecular clock as the dating register, human development is traced through the skeletal fossils, implements used, and recorded art. Human sexuality and aging is crisply explained, while those qualities that distinguish man from his closest relatives are clearly detailed. Chapters covering language, art, and agriculture highlight the differences. But human actions also cause problems as the text continues to look at the difficulties caused by overpopulation, erosion of habitat, decimation of species, and the evil consequences of war." -Rita Hoots, NSTA Recommends Review