Books: Bad Neighbors

MEN AND APES by Ramona and Desmond Morris. 271 pages. McGraw-Hill. $7.95.

The ape is man's nearest neighbor on the tree of life, but neither has found the neighborhood entirely respectable. For man, that hairy presence stands just too close for comfort; outside the chimp cage at the zoo, the human observer begins to wonder uneasily who is amusing whom. In this illustrated primer of primate lore by Desmond Morris, curator of mammals at the London Zoo, and his wife Ramona, the sympathy of the authors is placed solidly behind the bars.

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