Desmond morris the human zoo pdf
The Human Zoo: A Zoologists Study of the Urban Animal by Desmond MorrisIn scholarly circles, I understand that Desmond Morris is not taken very seriously nowadays. His anthropological observations of the human race are seen as too simplistic. However, I have always found his analysis to be relevant and highly enjoyable.
Here, the human animal is observed in urban surroundings - according to the author, this is equivalent to the limited surroundings of a zoo. Animals exhibit many deviant behaviours under captivity: Morris illustrates, in highly entertaining fashion, how the same is applicable to the city dweller. Rather than being a concrete jungle, the city is a human zoo.
Extremely readable and engaging.
The Human Zoo: A Zoologist's Study of the Urban Animal
Its pitch was that humans really were just apes, and much of our behaviour could be understood in terms of animal behaviour and its evolution. Yes, we were naked and bipedal, but beneath the veneer of culture lurked an ancestral avatar. In the laid-back, blue-smoke atmosphere of the hippy era, the book struck a chord with the wider public — if for no other reason than that, in the decade of free love, it asserted that humans had the largest penis for body size of all the primates. The early s had seen the first field studies of monkeys and apes, and a corresponding interest in human evolution and the biology of contemporary hunter-gatherers. Our hairlessness at around 2m years ago long predates the rise of pair bonds a mere , years ago.