Richard O. Prum - The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World

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If survival of the fittest explains everything, what about traits so colorful, so flamboyant, so outrageous, that they could serve no purpose beyond ornament, calling attention to themselves and possibly even endangering their holders? Reviving Darwin’s tenuous theory of sexual selection, Prum, a Yale ornithologist and head curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Yale Peabody Museum, caused a stir with his iconoclastic argument that creatures can choose a mate for purely aesthetic reasons, and that over time this has been an independent engine of evolutionary change. Now available in paperback, Prum’s revelatory natural history draws on his thirty-plus years of fieldwork to propose that female preferences, in humans as in other animals, have changed male bodies and possibly maleness, through evolutionary time.

 

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ISBN: 9780345804570
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Published: Anchor Books - April 3rd, 2018

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