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Sex, Evolution and Behavior

Sex, Evolution and Behavior 



  • Martin Daly
  • Margo Wilson 


  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 2 edition (January 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871507676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871507679
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds


Book Description

* Provides elementary-level discussion of theory relating to evolutionary and adaptive aspects of reproductive behavior. 



How much of your behavior is ruled by sexual evolution?, February 7, 2001

I read this book in a college class. Mind you, I didn’t read most of my college books, but I couldn’t put this one down. It gives a clear, intelligent, remarkably well-documented, fascinating description of how sex evolved and how that evolution effects the behavior of everything from bacteria to modern social humans.

This book is very accessible to any reasonably educated reader, regardless of your knowledge of evolutionary biology. And each idea is punctuated with a fascinating example taken from nature.

Why do lightning bugs flash, and what controls the pattern to their flashing? Why are there two sexes? Why is a red sports car sexy? You’ll learn the (evolutionary biology) answers to these and countless other intriguing questions. This book is a great lesson in evolution and a revealing investigation of why aniamls do the things they do, from an African hamster to… you.