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Desmond Morris (born January 24th, 1928) is most famous for his work as a zoologist and ethologist. He first came to attention in the 1960s as a presenter of ITV television's Zoo Time . His studies focus on animal and human behaviour, explained from a zoological point of view. He has written a number of books and produced a number of television shows. His examination of humans from a bluntly zoological point of view has attracted controversy.
In addition to his scientific pursuits, he is an artist in the Surrealist tradition. Morris has contributed significantly to the British Surrealist movement. He had his first solo show in 1948, and has shown regularly ever since.
In 1957 he curated an exhibition of chimpanzee paintings and drawings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, including paintings by a young chimpanzee called Congo. Picasso indicated his support for Morris and the ape by biting a reporter who suggested to him that the chimp's work was not art. Picasso is reported to have purchased a painting by Congo.
- The Naked Ape (1967) - an unabashed look at the human species. The book is notable for its focus on humanity's animal-like qualities and our similarity with apes. Reprinted many times and in many languages, it continues to be a best-seller.
- The Human Zoo (1969) - a further, deeper look into mankind and his animal roots.
- Intimate Behaviour (1971)
- Manwatching (1977) reprinted as Peoplewatching (2002)
- Bodywatching - A Field Guide to the Human Species (1985) - Hundreds of photos analyzing the human body from hair down to the feet.
- Catwatching (1986) - a study of one of the most popular of household pets across the centuries.
- Dogwatching (1986) - an in-depth study of "man's best friend".
- Animalwatching (1990)
- Babywatching (1991)
- The Human Animal (1994)
- The Naked Eye (2001)
- Dogs: The Ultimate Dictionary of over 1000 Dog Breeds (2001)
- Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language (2002)
- The Naked Woman (2004)
- His official site contains more information and a complete biography.
- Zoo Time
- Biomorphic Surrealism by Desmond Morris
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