The Well-Dressed Ape

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The Well-Dressed Ape

A Natural History of Myself

By Hannah Holmes

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812976298, 351pp.

Publication Date: February 22, 2011

Description

DID YOU KNOW THAT
• we have more hair follicles than a chimpanzee
• a male boxer in top condition can punch with the force of a thirteen-pound mallet swung at twenty miles an hour
• the best human endurance runners can outlast a horse
• one odor above all is sexually stimulating to the human male: cinnamon buns
• our home-building skills compare nicely with those of the bagworm
 
With dry wit and penetrating insight, science journalist Hannah Holmes casts the eye of a trained researcher and reporter on . . . herself. And on our whole species. She compares the biology and behavior of humans with that of other creatures, exploring how the human animal fits into the natural world. Holmes also reveals the ways in which Homo sapiens stands apart from other mammals (and all other animals) in ways that are alternately admirable and devastating. Deftly mixing personal stories with the latest scientific research, Hannah Holmes has fashioned an engaging field guide to that oddest and most fascinating of primates: ourselves.



About the Author
Hannah Holmes is the author of Suburban Safari and The Secret Life of Dust. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Discover, Outside, and many more. She lives with her husband and dog in Portland, Maine.


Praise For The Well-Dressed Ape

“Fascinating . . . a feast of provocative science and engaging trivia.” —USA Today

“Smart and upbeat, [The Well-Dressed Ape] will leave you prouder of your links to wild things.”—People

The Well-Dressed Ape is a hoot.”—St. Petersburg Times
 
“Amusing and illuminating.”—Outside
 
“Full of interesting facts.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
“Juicy and humorous.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)