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Monkey
Author: Desmond Morris

ISBN: 9781780230962
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1 June 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 13.5 x 1.3
Description:
Monkey explores our relationship throughout history with this most playful and familiar of creatures. As humans, we tend to see monkeys as trivial or comic creatures; indeed our dictionaries define 'monkeying' as tampering, interfering and playing mischievous, foolish tricks. Yet it is the very playfulness inherent in our ancient monkey ancestors that underlies our success as a species. Over millions of years, we evolved from those scampering, chattering, intelligent, treetop-living creatures. Their inborn urge to explore became the bedrock of our sophisticated innovations; their love of activity became our industrious pursuit of knowledge. We owe a great debt to our monkey ancestors. Baboons were revered in the Egypt of the Pharaohs; monkey deities feature prominently in the ancient religions of China and Japan; and in India some still afford sacred status to the langur monkey. Since Darwin our relationship with the monkey has changed, and in some sense become uneasier; our identification with their 'primitive' and sometimes destructive behaviours amplified by our knowledge of our own origins. In Monkey Desmond Morris unpicks human attitudes to our mischievous cousins, ...

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