Between Man and Beast

Between Man and Beast

An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm

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Documents the story of mid-19th-century explorer Paul Du Chaillu, who after three years in the equatorial wilderness of West Africa emerged with definitive proof of the existence of the mythical gorilla, only to be swept up by the heated debate about Darwin's theory of evolution.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385534222
Branch Call Number: 916.721 Reel 03/2013
Characteristics: xiv, 331 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Oct 22, 2013

It's non-fiction, but reads like a novel. A story of extraordinary characters at a fascinating time.

ChristchurchLib Jun 18, 2013

"After three years in the equatorial wilderness of West Africa, mid-19th-century explorer Paul Du Chaillu returned to London with the first known specimens of the African gorilla ever seen there. His discovery was quickly swept into the scientific community's heated debate over Darwin's recently revealed theory of evolution. The public was fascinated and horrified in turn by the strangely human remains, and Chaillu's mysterious personal past fuelled intensive speculation." June 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter


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