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The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He Used to Be

Peter McAllister

St. Martin's Griffin



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Featured in The Wall Street Journal and on ABC's Nightline, Manthropology is an entertaining and surprising look at manliness

Anthropologist Peter McAllister set out to prove once and for all that man today is the best man who has ever lived. But to his disappointment, in nearly every category he examined modern man was beaten by his ancestors.

Manthropology, then, is a look at male achievement—and underachievement. It kicks off in Ice Age France, where McAllister proves how a Neanderthal woman could beat even today's strongest strongman at arm wrestling. He looks at medieval Slavic poets who could take 50 Cent to school in a rap battle. And he takes readers to the jungles of Africa, where Aka Pygmy men have taken fatherhood to such extremes that they even grow breasts to suckle their children.

For the modern man, the results aren't always pretty. But Manthropology is unfailingly smart and entertaining.

How Does Modern Man Stack Up?

Ultimate Fighters routinely end up on a blood-soaked canvas. But what would a match in the Octagon look like next to the bouts of Ancient Greece: a battleground or a playground? [Page 77]


A modern army goes into battle with state-of-the-art technology. But could they have beaten Nero's legions, who marched fifty miles a day for six straight days—each soldier carrying a hundred-pound pack? [Page 99]


Wilt Chamberlain is known for scoring on the court and off. He claimed to have had as many as 20,000 sexual encounters. But that's nothing compared to the 32 million people today all descended from just one conqueror. [Page 248]



Chapter 1


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Praise for Manthropology

Manthropology aims to do for the history of man what Freakonomics did for statistics. . . . An eye-opener and a bracing call to arms.” —Men's Journal

In the Press

Dave Shiflett reviews Roy F. Baumeister's Is There Anything Good About Men? and Peter McAllister's Manthropology. - The Wall Street Journal

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About the author

Peter McAllister

PETER McALLISTER is an archeologist and science writer from the University of Western Australia, where he lectures in science communication. He insists that he doesn't have it in for men, and that he is, in fact, happy being one himself. Besides his work as a scientist, Peter has been, by turns, a journalist, an ad salesman for a country music radio station, and a Chinese-speaking football commentator.

Peter McAllister

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