Nature's Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves

Nature's Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves

The story of evolution as you’ve never heard it before
 
What’s the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals. Researching private parts was long considered taboo, but scientists are now beginning to understand that the wild diversity of sex organs across species can tell us a lot about evolution.
 
Menno Schilthuizen invites readers to join him as he uncovers the ways the shapes and functions of genitalia have been molded by complex Darwinian struggles: penises that have lost their spines but evolved appendages to displace sperm; female orgasms that select or reject semen from males, in turn subtly modifying the females’ genital shape. We learn why spiders masturbate into miniature webs, discover she dungflies that store sperm from attractive males in their bellies, and see how, when it comes to outlandish appendages and bizarre behaviors, humans are downright boring.
 
Nature’s Nether Regions joyfully demonstrates that the more we learn about the multiform private parts of animals, the more we understand our own unique place in the great diversity of life.

Title:Nature's Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780670785919
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    Nature's Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves Reviews

  • Petra-XoPlanet

    What I have learned from this book which was all about sex but sadly (the only sad thing) not hot:1) One of the prime methods of classifications of animals is by their genitals. There might be a hundr...

  • Lois Bujold

    An insightful and frequently hilarious tour of research and the results of same in the comparative anatomy of genitalia across the animal kingdom, and its effect on evolution and vice versa. So it hit...

  • Bryan

    If you are a biologist, you will love this book. Even though I am a biologist there were many, many things I learned from this book that I had never known before, or had forgotten. So little of the fa...

  • Brian

    Very entertaining book filled with fascinating information on sexual selection related primarily to genitalia. The author writes well and has a hearty sense of humor. The book has a strong emphasis on...

  • Tiffany

    I actually listened to this on audiobook so I don't know if I can confidently say it's a "quick read" but it struck me as such. Some interesting stuff for a reader with a passing interest in evolution...

  • Michael Burns

    Why the hell did I pick up this book people ask. Was it for a course? That's the only logical non-sexual deviant reason people seem to come up with. No it wasn't for a course. But I admit I have nebul...

  • Kristin

    I found this book really quite fascinating. It was both informative, educating, and hilarious. The author realized that while the study of animal sex parts is useful and important science, it's also r...

  • Kyla Li

    This book was a great, interesting, and witty read. Highly recommended, but as with all biological research, be prepared for animal experiments/dissections/etc. -- there's no other way to get some of ...

  • J.V. Seem

    Lots of interesting facts, told in a fun way, but the chapter setup and contents are a bit messy, as far as the decided on themes go....

  • Charlene

    I had high hopes for this book. Animal behavior is fascinating and animal sexual behavior is extremely so. I really enjoyed Chris Ryan's Sex at Dawn and was hoping for an education about the sexual pr...