I am trying to find a book I read about 19 years ago. I think it was published in 1995 or earlier. The cover was multi-color, a drawing that was a combination of a line drawing and a cartoon-like feel. It was sort of “jungle” like in appearance, I think there was an “F” as the first letter of one of the words in the title. It was a fairly substantial book, maybe 300 pages or so.
One of the interesting features of the plot /characters in the story -- It was about a woman who goes to an earthlike planet where there are microbes (?) that “eat” metal – nothing on the planet made of metal survives.
The even more interesting aspect was on either that planet or another planet, animals and people were exchanging DNA such that people had attributes of many animals such as birds and chimps. Once they had become these hybrids, they no longer really wanted to participate in “human civilization” as we know it. If you weren’t careful, you might become a hybrid without meaning to do so, but you could also deliberately choose to become a hybrid.
In the end the woman (I think) ends up becoming a hybrid as well.
Most of the story took place on another planet, I think, but some may have occurred on Earth as well because I seem to remember the continent of Africa figured in prominently.