This work reveals the Great Apes in detail: where they live, how they live and the challenges they face. 'A spectacular and authoritative survey of our nearest non-human relatives, full of insight about them - and about ourselves' - David Attenborough.
Planet Ape brings you face to face with your closest living relatives, the Great Apes.Gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orang-utans are only a hair's breadth away from us in evolutionary terms; our DNA differs by just a few per cent. These fascinating creatures hold up a mirror to humanity, giving us insights into our past, our present, and perhaps even our future - the environmental pressures they face today could be those we face tomorrow. Planet Ape reveals the Great Apes in unprecedented detail: where they live, how they live and the challenges they face. Throughout, the approach is to compare them with each other and with us, their cousins. Using innovative artworks, photographs and text, the book makes key comparisons with human beings including anatomy, social life, physical and mental development, diet and communication. From peace-loving bonobos to warring chimpanzee communities, from highly sociable gorillas to solitary orang-utans, from their amazing communication skills to their breathtaking physical agility, Planet Ape is the first book to do justice to the diversity and complexity of the ape world and what it tells us about our own.
Desmond Morris is an internationally famous zoologist, ethnologist and artist. He is a prolific author, whose works include The Naked Ape and Manwatching.
Steve Parker is a Senior Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and has worked for London s Natural History Museum.
Foreword Family History What is a Great Ape? Where do the Great Apes Live? Close Cousins DNA Great Apes Up Close: Bornean Orangutan, Sumatran Orangutan, Western Lowland Gorilla, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Bonobo The Human Factor: Humans and Apes, Uniquely Human, The Hunted Ape, The Performing Ape, The Observed Ape, Experimental Ape, The Studied Ape Ape Anatomy: Apes on the Outside, Bones, Muscles and Moving, Faces, Hands and Feet, Brains and Nerves, Senses, Internal Organs The Daily Meal: Daily Diet, Diet and Dentition, Foraging For Plants, Foraging For Plants, Foraging Strategies, Foraging Strategies, Small Animal Snacks, Feeding & Tool Use Communicating: Why Communicate, Visual Signals, Vocal Expressions, Olfactory Modes, Physical Contact Social Life: Family Units, Groups and Troops, Solitary Phases, Dominance and Hierarchy, Social Play, Helping Others, Joining and Leaving,Territories Sex Life: How Many Mates, Starting Out, Breeding Cycles, Courtship, Mating, Pregnancy, Birth The Stages Of Life: Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, Illness and Injury, Old Age and Death Threats: Natural Threats, Habitat Destruction, Hunting and Poaching, Disease, Warfare, Not Enough Genes Saving Planet Ape: Global Efforts, Saving Habitats, Captive Breeding, Reintroduction, How we can Help Glossary Organizations Index
Desmond Morris is an internationally famous author, famous for his groundbreaking book comparing humans and apes, The Naked Ape. 2009 will be 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his groundbreaking Origin of Species, which will focus our attention on human evolution and the current state of our closest relatives around the world. The "red list" endangered status of the apes means that they will continue to be the focus of campaigns and items in the news. This is the first book to concentrate on the apes closest to us in evolutionary terms and to compare with each other and us.
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