Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal” as Want to Read:
The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  6,765 Ratings  ·  375 Reviews
Here is the Naked Ape at his most primal - in love, at work, at war. Meet man as he really is: relative to the apes, stripped of his veneer as we see him courting, making love, sleeping, socialising, grooming, playing.

Zoologist Desmond Morris's classic takes its place alongside Darwin's Origin of the Species, presenting man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape, remark
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 27th 1994 by Vintage (first published 1967)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Naked Ape, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Naked Ape

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Ahmad  Ebaid
وإني لأتذكر أحد أسئلتي الوجودية منذ سنة تقريباً عن سبب التصرف الغريب للكلاب عندما أراهم في الأفلام يتبولون على العمدان. حسناً, لقد وجدت ضالتي صدفة هنا.


يبدأ الكتاب بتفسير اختيار العنوان؛ فالإنسان هو القرد الوحيد العاري من الشعر من بين 193 فصيلة من فصائل القردة والسعادين

العنوان بالإنجليزية: The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
وترجمته الحرفية: "القرد العاري: دراسة عالم حيوان لحيوان الإنسان", ولكن ولأسباب تسويقية أو دينية تم تحويل العنوان الفرعي لـ "دراسة في التطور العضوي والاجتما
Aug 20, 2013 Zanna rated it did not like it
Morris makes a great song and dance about the 'outrage' with which his book was first received. Why are people so resistant to contemplating, in the cool light of scientific 'objectivity', their 'animal nature', he asks. However, Morris' claim to neutrality is highly suspect; he urges us to learn from and accept the picture he presents of human beings, saying
homo sapiens has remained a naked ape... in acquiring lofty new motives, he has lost none of the earthy old ones. This is frequently a caus
Erik Graff
May 05, 2008 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: very old people
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences
This was one of the most upsetting books I have ever read. Fifteen years of age, I approached Morris with a vague, general interest in animals, i.e. zoology. His book was popular and available in the Park Ridge public library where I read it.

Fifteen and never been kissed. Well, that is not quite true. In first grade I was kissed by Lisa. That happened in her garage up Butte Lane from our house in the Meadowdale development. It was, it is unforgettable. A willowy blonde, she wore a powder blue sm
Nov 20, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smart-stuff
People are animals. Our behavior has evolutionary roots-- even many behaviors we define as cultural have their basis in our prehistoric dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-sexiest past.
There, that's the thesis-- perfectly sound and very interesting.
The book falls apart in the details though-- sweeping generalizations and odd assumptions about sexual behavior and gender roles and cultural supremacy without any supporting proof. Just ideas and theories that seem almost comically colored by the author's
I spent a year in Marbury, a non-authoritarian school modelled on Summerhill. It was all too weird for words. Next time any of you wonder why I don't know what continent Spain is in, or why places that are further away have times that are closer or...keep in mind that my geography text book for the year was The Naked Ape.

Well, I say it was that sort of school like it's to blame for my appalling ignorance of geography. If only I'd chosen a normal school instead. But truth be told, the next year
Ronald Wise
Jul 24, 2011 Ronald Wise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book again after 37 years, I was pleasantly surprised at the relevant impact this book still has. Perhaps reading it after nearly four decades of experience as a member of its target species, more points in it seemed to ring true. There are probably some aspects of this book which have been called into question by subsequent research findings, but in general the materials on the human evolutionary biology and psychology I've read in the meantime seem to support Morris's positions.

محمد  النعمه
كتاب جميل وخفيف في 200 صفحة
يتحدث الفصل الأول عن ( الأصول ) التي تطور منها هذا الكائن من بداية خروجه من البحر إلى مرحلة القرد ، الى المرحلة الأخيرة ( القرد العاري ) أو الأنسان
الفصل لثاني عن التطور الجنسي ..
الثالث عن التطور في تربية الصغار ..
ثم الاستطلاع
وبعده القتال و الذي يرتبط بالفصل الذي يليه " المسعى في طلب الطعام "
ثم النظافة ..
ويختتم الكتاب بـ علاقة الانسان أو القرد العاري ببقية الحيوانات ..

كتاب ممتع وجميل ..
أنصح بقراءته
Dec 21, 2016 Mohammed-Makram rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
ربما كان تقييمي سلبي لكتاب حاز إعجاب الكثيرين. و لكن الكتاب فعلا لا يستحق أكثر من نجمتان. الكتاب يبدو في مظهره علميا و لكنه أقرب للأعمال الأدبية و الدردشة بدون سند علمي في أغلب الأحيان و عكس المناهج العلمية المعروفة أو التي تلقى قبولا واسعا أحيانا أخرى. الكاتب عالم بالحيوان لا يمكن إنكار ذلك و يحاول أن يطبق معرفته العلمية على أرقى حيوان على ظهر هذا الكوكب و هو الإنسان أو كما يسميه القرد العاري. فليس ثمة إلا قرد و ما يميزه عن غيره من عشرات الأنواع الأخرى من القرود أنه عار من الشعر أو الفراء أملس ...more
Jul 14, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب در سال 1349 با عنوان میمون برهنه توسط دکتر مهدی تجلی پور به فارسی برگردانده و پس از آن هرگز اجازه تجدید چاپ نیافته است.
نویسنده "دزموند موریس" درین کتاب به شباهتهای رفتاری بین انسان و گونه های حیوانی خصوصا انواع میمونها می پردازد که بسیار قابل توجه و پس از کتاب منشا انواع داروین یکی از پرتیراژترین کتابهای علمی دنیا به شمار می رود.
Tanja Berg
Dec 22, 2012 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it
When I stumbled across this book last week and promptly down-loaded it to my kindle, I did not realize it had been first published in 1967. Some of the views are decidedly antiquated. For example that men go to work in attempt to satisfy the hunting urge together with other men, while women stay at home and take care of the children. In most of the Scandinavian countries, as large a percentage of women as men are now an active part of the work force. The superficial treatment of homosexuality an ...more
Dec 13, 2010 Facehannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Naked Ape is my favourite book, ever. If The Naked Ape was a person I would marry it in a heartbeat under whatever terms it wished, and I would be more than happy to give my body over to producing as many of its children as I could because a book like this deserves to bear children more than most of us do.
Desmond Morris is an Anthropologist, and the person that made me decide that I, too, would like very much to be an Anthropologist, and The Naked Ape is a study of the Human Being as an ani
Feb 10, 2008 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Desmond Morris' "The Naked Ape" is not a quality book for individuals seeking to understand the nature of modern evolutionary psychology. Morris' work is notable only for being a historical perspective into the origins of a discipline which has (since his book) taken on a dynamic and vibrant academic life. If one can manage to make it past some of the glaring errors in his work (at one point he suggests that women evolved a trait because it was evolutionarily better for men - 'Uh, Desmond? Evolu ...more
فهد الفهد
القرد العاري

في الكتاب لمحات وأفكار ممتعة ما خلا ذلك يبدو وكأنه ضرب بخلاط، ويجد القارئ صعوبة في تتبع فكرة المؤلف وما يريد الخروج به.
Jul 29, 2015 Carmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pelo uguale potere

Acuta e pungente analisi di Morris sull'animale uomo.
L'opera si prefigge l'obiettivo, in chiave scientifica ed umoristica, di metterci a nudo dal punto di vista dell'evoluzione, del carattere, dell'educazione sessuale e dell'impatto avuto sull'ambiente.
L'uomo è, in fin dei conti, un animale che si è elevato rispetto ad altri, ma rimane pur sempre legato ad istinti e pulsioni primordiali che qualunque società o legge mai potrà cancellare del tutto.
Morris gioca benissimo con q
Feb 23, 2017 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read, para todo el que aspire a ser humano.
Heba Ashraf
Feb 13, 2015 Heba Ashraf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, علمية
واضح إن السنه بادئة بكتب حلوة .. من الكتب اللي متعرفش تسيبها من غير ماتخلصها ..أسلوبه يشدك و معلوماته كتيرة وأجوبة على أسئلة كتير هتكون في بالك .
I don't know what sort of re-packaged edition I read originally, but it was a short, coffee-table sized hardback, with full-sized, four-colour photos of women's pupils dilating. It seems men automatically find the same photo of a woman, but with larger pupils, more attractive. I thought I'd discovered a secret key to measuring womankind, in a kind of Cosmo version of The Naked Ape. A friend in school saw my book and got very excited, but the secret knowledge within, well, that was only for me.

Mar 21, 2009 reed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book astonished people 40 years ago and inspired all that psuedo-scientific "men are hunters, women are gatherers" crap, or so I'm told.

It's aged badly. The author comes across as pretty full of himself -- he thinks his way of analyzing human behavior (from a zoological perspective) raises him above bias, but he's amusingly unaware of his own biases -- misogyny, homophobia, and anti-psychiatry, to name a few.

It's still got some interesting parts, I guess, but I could only make it about hal
Aug 03, 2008 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you like your science with a heaping dose of sexism and homophobia, then this book's for you!

This book was so entirely awful that I thought less of the person who recommended it to me.

Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
معلومات مثيرة ومهمة عن الانسان والقردة والسعادين وبقية الحيوانات الاخرى.

يتميز هذا الكتاب بكم هائل من المعلومات الملفتة للنظر في تطور الانسان عضويا وجنسيا واخيرا والاهم تطوره اجتماعيا... هذا الجزء هو الاهم في مسيرة الانسان التطورية كون هذا التطور هو الكفيل باستمرارية وجود القرد العاري وهو الانسان على هذا الكوكب.

كَبُرَ هذا القرد ام صغر هذا لا يغير حقيقته البيولوجية كحيوان آكل للحوم واناني.

ان لم يتمكن الانسان في تحسين نوعيته فأن هذا النمو الهائل والخطير في العدد سيؤدي الى انهيار خطير بهذا النوع من
I would have given "The Naked Ape" a 4-star rating based on its handling of human evolution and animal behavior, unfortunately 1960's style moralizing creeped in and caused me to lower my rating to a 3. The boomer generation was really annoying in how they viewed themselves as saviors to the planet when they were really just as selfish and materialistic as their parents (and less moral and responsible). Even with those reservations, the descriptions of human and animal behavior and human evoluti ...more
Nov 02, 2007 Xio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One doesn't pick up this sort of book looking to 'get off' but let me tell you (!) the opening chapters on sexuality are very arousing. I had to stop reading and satisfy my er, appetite several times before moving on to the next chapters. If only to stimulate yourself without anyone catching on--or while posing as erudite or whatever-- this book is terrific.

Otherwise, sure he makes many interesting points about the biological basis for certain of our human tendencies--and I appreciate his attemp
Aug 24, 2014 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fact
I think the concept of this approach to humans as an animal like any other is a brilliant one. We are prone to thinking of ourselves as a species apart, when we're not, and even if we were, we could do with putting back in our places sometimes -- being human doesn't mean we're more worthy than any other creature, all of which have their own adaptations to deal with the environment they find themselves in. We're particularly versatile, yes, but because we evolved that way, not because of some spe ...more
Jul 03, 2012 GONZA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Per tutto il libro Morris si riferisce a noi (da intendersi come esseri umani) con l'epiteto di scimmioni nudi e direi che tutto sommato è azzeccatissimo. Come zoologo lo scrittore si propone di identificare quali siano i comportamenti che hanno permesso all'essere umano di sopravvivere e anzi di emergere come specie dominante su tutte, nonostante delle sue diciamo "pecche fisiche" sostanziali. Ne emerge un quadro anche divertente sulla sensualità dell'essere umano, unica specia di scimmia ad es ...more
Mostaque Ahammed
Jan 07, 2014 Mostaque Ahammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are very young species. We call us modern and inside us we are carrying 100 or thousand years of primitive habits with us. We've created nuclear bombs, but we can't prevent ourselves from close our eyes when a fly across our eyes. We have tremendous power and but we don't know how to use that, where to use that. We are sheep with a lion's claw. Lion knows very well the use of his dangerous claws, but sheep doesn't. He just got it overnight.

As a naked app, the nature is our very essential asse
Arturo Javier
Jan 10, 2011 Arturo Javier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Una excelente introducción a la sociobiología. Las hipótesis que propone el autor a veces pueden parecer descabelladas, pero si continuas leyendo, te das cuenta de que tienen mucho sentido. Los apartados más divertidos son aquellos en los que el autor explica el comportamiento sexual, la evolución de los caractéres sexuales, y la eterna lucha entre los sistemas simpático y parasimpático.
Mar 27, 2013 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Studying the nature of the human race as an anthropologist would study a group of apes is as informative as it is hysterical. And the added bonus of being written with overtones of an impending Cold War made the book even more enjoyable.
Stefano Ottolenghi
3 e mezzo. A tratti è molto molto interessante!
Ahmad Hossam
Mar 09, 2017 Ahmad Hossam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I believe it would be an insult to science if I shelved this book as scientific. Simply put, it is unscientific bullshit that reads like 19th century imperialist anthropology.

Not a shred of evidence is there, except vague references to "research shows", the "fossil record proves". What these evidence are you will never now, he may as well have made them up!

Two major issues here: Mr. Morris seem to lack the basic understanding of evolution (though I'm not a big fan, I know how Darwinian evolution
Apr 27, 2009 Weston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: primates ready to be humbled
"The Naked Ape" is remarkable. It embodies precisely the type of popular-science literature I love to read: the matter-of-fact pointing out of things which, having been pointed out, seem totally obvious, as if Desmond Morris were just reciting things I already knew but hadn't gotten around to actually realizing yet. His observations run that gamut of what he terms "typical" human behavior and physiology. That is, at the time of this book's writing (as now) anthropologists and sociologists common ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind
  • Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation
  • The Ascent of Man
  • On Human Nature
  • The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History
  • On Aggression
  • Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
  • In Paul Klee's Enchanted Garden
  • The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
  • A Child of the Century
  • African Genesis
  • The Descent of Man
  • The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution
  • What We Believe But Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty
  • The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
  • The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind
  • Unsafe at Any Speed
  • Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins
Desmond John Morris is most famous for his work as a zoologist and ethologist, but is also known as a surrealist artist and author.

More about Desmond Morris...

Share This Book

“I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape.” 32 likes
“Frequently we imagine that we are behaving in a particular way because such behaviour accords with some abstract, lofty code of moral principles, when in reality all we are doing is obeying a deeply ingrained and long ‘forgotten’ set of purely imitative impressions.” 3 likes
More quotes…