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

Prum, Richard O., (author.).
Book Book ([2017])
Description: 428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
3 of 4 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries). (Show all copies)
1 of 1 copy available at Peabody - Peabody Institute Library.
1 current hold with 4 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Peabody Main Adult Nonfiction QL 761 .P74 2017 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9780385537216
  • ISBN: 0385537212
  • Edition: First edition.
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (pages [387]-404) and index.
Contents: 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.
Summary: 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 book jacket.

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Prum, Richard O. "The evolution of beauty : how Darwin's forgotten theory of mate choice shapes the animal world--and us." New York : Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
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