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You'll learn why one stick-insect copulation lasts for 10 weeks (to prevent other males from gaining access to the fertile female) and why the black-winged damselfly's penis has bristles (to scrape out his rival's sperm). You'll learn that male and female orangutans masturbate with sex toys fashioned from leaves and twigs, that slugs are hermaphrodites with penises on their heads, and that females in more than 80 species eat their lovers before, during, or after sex. You'll also ponder human sexuality when you learn that "monogamy is one of the most deviant behaviors in biology" (although jackdaws, chinstrap penguins, California mice, and some termites swear by it) and "natural selection, it seems, often smiles on strumpets."
Highly recommended--you'll read this through just for the fun of it and have plenty of odd facts with which to dazzle your dinner companions. --Joan Price
This books is hilarious AND educational. I actually changed what I was going to study to animal behavior because of this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashley McIntosh
very entertaining, read it all the first day as i found it quite interestingPublished 2 months ago by Tristan
Well-written and completely changed my conceptualization of reproduction as an evolutionary toolPublished 2 months ago by Dana
Such a clever way of conveying research findings to a general readership. I'm constantly recommending it to friends and frequently (though with trepidation) lending them my copy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jak
I've had a hard time getting interested in this book. I understand, intellectually, the approach to the information being shared and the information being shared. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Stratton
A very lively read with tons of interesting information, highly recommend!Published 5 months ago by Mike Chapman
Bought this for a grad school class (sexual selection) and it was by far the best book of the semester. It's funny, creative, and super educational. Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Paperback Pursuer
Sue me, I'm lazy. I like to be tricked into learning, and I'd like you to make me laugh while you're at it, Ms. Author. If you're like me, this is the book for you. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sarah B
Very amusing book on the sexual habit - sometimes quirky - of the various species of life. I laughed my way through the book.Published 7 months ago by Hette