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The evolution of beauty : how Darwin's forgotten theory of mate choice shapes the animal world-- and us

Author: Richard O Prum
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Prum, Richard O.
Evolution of beauty.
New York : Doubleday, 2017
(DLC) 2016059440
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard O Prum
ISBN: 9780385537216 0385537212 0385537220 9780385537223
OCLC Number: 967133880
Description: 428 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Darwin's really dangerous idea --
Beauty happens --
Manakin dances --
Aesthetic innovation and decadence --
Make way for duck sex --
Beauty from the beast --
Bromance before romance --
Human beauty happens too --
Pleasure happens --
The Lysistrata effect --
The queering of Homo sapiens --
This aesthetic view of life.
Responsibility: Richard O. Prum.

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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. --
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