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The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin
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Oct 02, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, classics
Read in October, 2009

Very well written, very interesting. But I must admit I skipped a few chapters as the book was due at the library. And he elaborated way too much on certain points.

That said, his theories were very well thought out and supported by scores of evidence, even if some of them were anecdotal. He raised many very interesting points on the origin of humans and, despite the title of the book, other animals as well. With modern research techniques, and the advances in genetics, many of his theories have now been validated. Likewise, many of them have been proven wrong. Keep that in mind while reading. However, it is interesting to note that what we now know as "sex-linked" and "autosomal" inheritance was in some way described by Darwin under his sexual selection theory. Hence, Darwin can be said to be rather ahead of his time.

Overall, a good read but not perfect, though the perfectionist in him can be detected.

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