- Hardcover: 768 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (January 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312192398
- ISBN-13: 978-0312192396
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.9 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity 1st Edition
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One of the New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember" for 1999
Homosexuality in its myriad forms has been scientifically documented in more than 450 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and other animals worldwide. Biological Exuberance is the first comprehensive account of the subject, bringing together accurate, accessible, and nonsensationalized information. Drawing upon a rich body of zoological research spanning more than two centuries, Bruce Bagemihl shows that animals engage in all types of nonreproductive sexual behavior. Sexual and gender expression in the animal world displays exuberant variety, including same-sex courtship, pair-bonding, sex, and co-parentingâeven instances of lifelong homosexual bonding in species that do not have lifelong heterosexual bonding.
Part 1, "A Polysexual, Polygendered World," begins with a survey of homosexuality, transgender, and nonreproductive heterosexuality in animals and then delves into the broader implications of these findings, including a valuable perspective on human diversity. Bagemihl also examines the hidden assumptions behind the way biologists look at natural systems and suggests a fresh perspective based on the synthesis of contemporary scientific insights with traditional knowledge from indigenous cultures.
Part 2, "A Wondrous Bestiary," profiles more than 190 species in which scientific observers have noted homosexual or transgender behavior. Each profile is a verbal and visual "snapshot" of one or more closely related bird or mammal species, containing all the documentation required to support the author's often controversial conclusions.
Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, filled with fascinating facts and astonishing descriptions of animal behavior, Biological Exuberance is a landmark book that will change forever how we look at nature.
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The information is based on scientific studies, peer-reviewed work. All of the references are included. I thought that was very important, especially for such a potentially red-flag subject.
Well the new science sure has revealed that the separations we used to hold as a rule,...seem to be diminishing as time goes by...!!!!
It is a shame this information was not widely available in my youth...great book...
Backed by years of reasearch it points to numerous examples including ones as dramatic as Male Swans pairing for life AND adopting chicks to raise. Other interesting subjects are homsexual pair-bonds among species that do NOT usually form pair bonds. However one of the most facinating aspects are how other researcers or scientists will explain away the behavior, misreport it or even leave it out altogether. A Must for anybodys collection.