Desmond Morris was born in 1928. Educated at Birmingham and Oxford universities, he became the curator of mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years. In 1967 he published The Naked Ape which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and has changed the way we view our own species forever. An accomplished artist, television presenter, film maker and writer, Desmond Morris's books have been published in over thirty-six countries. His most recent book, The Naked Woman, an exploration of the female form, was published in 2004 and will be followed by The Naked Man.