The Book of Humans

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What to expect

*FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED and HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST*

WHAT MAKES US HUMAN?

Waging war?
Sex for pleasure?
Creating art?
Mastery of fire?

In this thrilling tour of the animal kingdom, Adam Rutherford tells the story of how we became the unique creatures we are today. Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, THE BOOK OF HUMANS is a dazzling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.

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‘Adam Rutherford is a superb communicator, who eruditely explores the borderlands of history, archaeology, genetics and anthropology in this fascinating tour of our species’ DAN SNOW

‘This superbly accessible discussion about who we humans really are is important and necessary’ CHRIS PACKHAM

‘Charming, compelling and packed with information. I learned more about biology from this short book than I did from years of science lessons’ PETER FRANKOPAN

‘An outstandingly clear and witty account that shows beyond doubt how much we are part of the animal world, and yet at the same time how different we have become’ HENRY MARSH

Critics Review

  • An excellent book that I definitely recommend. I referred to it a lot in my own research.

    BILL BRYSON writing in BBC SCIENCE FOCUS MAGAZINE
  • Adam Rutherford is a superb communicator, who eruditely explores the borderlands of history, archaeology, genetics and anthropology in this fascinating tour of our species

    DAN SNOW
  • This superbly accessible discussion about who we humans really are is important and necessary

    CHRIS PACKHAM
  • Charming, compelling and packed with information. I learned more about biology from this short book than I did from years of science lessons. Adam Rutherford has a knack of making complex ideas understandable – and also fun. Our species is a lot stranger than I’d ever realised, but a lot more normal too. A weird and wonderful read

    PETER FRANKOPAN
  • An outstandingly clear and witty account that shows beyond doubt how much we are part of the animal world, and yet at the same time how different we have become

    HENRY MARSH
  • In Adam Rutherford’s splendid The Book of Humans, we learn how giraffes enjoy homosexual assignations, how dolphins use sponges to protect their noses, and how birds of the raptor class have been observed picking up smouldering twigs from forest fires, flying away and dropping them to start new fires, at which point they swoop and gobble up the panicked mammals and lizards rushing away

    DAILY TELEGRAPH

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