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The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself

Hannah Holmes.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781400065417
Pages/Publication Date 351/2008
Daedalus Item Code 21103
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The author of The Secret Life of Dust and Suburban Safari here gives us a field guide to that most common yet elusive species, Homo sapiens. Hannah Holmes's The Well-Dressed Ape was published in Britain as A Natural History of Ourselves.

"Humans are strange creatures, biologically speaking. We're fixated on the topic of mating, though we're the only species that often makes the evolutionarily illogical choice to mate without reproducing. We're also the only creatures on Earth obsessed with analyzing themselves—which is precisely the drive behind Hannah Holmes's [book], in which she explores herself (and her human mate) as if discovering a new species. Biologists have long created fact sheets on other animals, organizing their traits into categories including physical appearance, habitat, behavior and reproduction. While researching her previous book, Suburban Safari, in which she explored the wildlife of her backyard, Holmes realized that no field description existed for Homo sapiens. She set out to create one, and the result is sometimes illuminating and often funny. While examining herself for the Physical Description chapter, Holmes explains how extra food that isn't burned off as energy gets converted to oil stored in fat tissue. 'Evidently I've done this a few times,' she writes, 'because cookies are too damned easy to capture.'... One essential point Holmes returns to several times is this: Many traits often touted as being uniquely human—such as self-recognition, intelligence and complex communication skills—actually exist in other animals. Biologically speaking, humans aren't as unusual as they might like to think."—Washington Post Book World

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