Books: Into the Open Spaces

THE NAKED APE, A ZOOLOGIST'S STUDY OF THE HUMAN ANIMAL by Desmond Morris. 252 pages. McGraw-Hill. $5.95.

There are 193 living species of monkeys and apes, 192 of which are covered with hair. Number 193 is the naked ape called man. Anthropologists have filled libraries with evidence that shows how far man has grown away from the ape, but in this latest of the current spate of ape books, British Zoologist Desmond Morris takes a different tack.

He argues that Homo sapiens, for all the brilliant achievements of his civilization, would be far better off if he admitted that he still has a...