The Evolution of Beauty

The Evolution of Beauty

How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World-- and Us

Book - 2017
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What can explain the incredible diversity of beauty in nature? Richard O. Prum, an award-winning ornithologist, discusses Charles Darwin's second and long-neglected theory--aesthetic mate choice--and what it means for our understanding of evolution. In addition, Prum connects those same evolutionary dynamics to the origins and diversity of human sexuality, offering riveting new thinking about the evolution of human beauty and the role of mate choice, thereby transforming our ancestors from typical infanticidal primates into socially intelligent, pair-bonding caregivers. Prum's book is an exhilarating tour de force that begins in the trees and ends by fundamentally challenging how we understand human evolution and ourselves. -- adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385537216
Characteristics: 428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm


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This book is informative and thorough with well-substantiated info regarding the concept of "beauty happens." While the scientific chapters are challenging, the reader is rewarded with exciting chapters on birds and humans. The book could be edited to reduce some of the details but the reader can just skim of the tough sections. Finally, I found answers to some of my questions including why humans don't have tails. I won't give away the surprise ... you'll just have to read to get your own answers.


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