A Natural History of Ourselves, Paperback

A Natural History of Ourselves Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Welcome to the field guide to your species, aka Homo sapiens.

A strange mammal, it mates remarkably often, eats to the point of undermining its own health and marks territory with doors, fences and garden gnomes.

It thinks of itself as complex, intelligent, and superior in every way to other animals - but is it, really?

Hannah Holmes surveys the evidence. Drawing on fascinating parallels from the animal kingdom she shows that cheating on your partner makes you smarter, evolution makes you lie to your mother, and that we may not be as unique as we seem to think.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
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  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9781848870406



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"Well a book all about ourselves cannot fail to be of interest. That it is also well-written with a light deft touch prevents it becoming some weighty scientific tome, and therefore a very good read. Guaranteed at least one interesting fact a page, 400 including index, and quite possibly a chuckle.By a fascinating blend of comparing animal and human behaviours it shows how much we all have in common and also what the differences are.I am finding it hard not to conclude that everyone would benefit from reading this book. It provides so much insight into why we and animals are the way we are that it must improve any intelligent readers understanding of the world. BUT it is also a fun read and even children would find it interesting! "

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A touch over long, but that reflects the author's enthusiasm. Which comes across in the accessible style, huge amount of information, & the novel approach used in the structure of the book. Recommended for budding biologists.