The Evolution of Beauty

The Evolution of Beauty

How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World-- and Us

Book - 2017
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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 fource that begins in the trees and ends by fundamentally challenging how we understand human evolution and ourselves. -- adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385537216
Branch Call Number: 591.56 Prum 2017
Characteristics: 428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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