Michael J. Ryan - A Taste for the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction

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Darwin summed up his discovery that natural selection drives the perpetuation of colors, songs, and other pleasing physical characteristics by saying that animals have “a taste for the beautiful.” He left unanswered, however, the question of why and how animals, especially the females, consider certain traits preferable to others. Ryan, Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology at the University of Texas and a Senior Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, draws on neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and his own research on sexual selection, mating preferences, and animal communication, to add the next chapter to Darwin’s theories of sexual selection, explaining animals’ inherent sexual aesthetic.

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ISBN: 9780691167268
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Published: Princeton University Press - January 9th, 2018

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