Sex on Earth

Sex on Earth

A Celebration of Animal Reproduction

Book - 2014
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1,000 million years ago, a sexual revolution occurred on Earth. Sex happened for the first time; from this moment the world became ever more colourful and bizarre, ringing with elaborate songs and dances, epic battles, and rallying cries as the desires of males and females collided, generation after generation. All of your ancestors took part and succeeded an unbroken chain of sex right back to the dawn of complex life on Earth. Well done you. Well done everything. The world in which we live rings, bleeds, and howls with sex. It's everywhere. Right now warring hordes are locking horns, preening feathers, rampaging lustfully across the savanna, questioning the fidelity of the ones they love. Birds are singing, flowers bloom. A million females choose; a billion penises ejaculate (or snap off); a trillion sperm battle, block and tackle. Sex made planet Earth sexy. Written in a brilliantly engaging style by biologist Jules Howard, this fascinating and highly readable work covers the how and why of sex on Earth, in all its diversity. From sperm wars to cuckoldry, hermaphrodites and virgin births, spent males, racy harems, clitoral births, hips, breasts and birdsong, penis-percussion, and those riskiest and most elusive of all traits, monogamy and true love, all this and more is discussed in Sex on Earth, as Jules takes us on a voyage of discovery of the ins and outs of animal reproduction.
Publisher: London :, Sigma,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781408193419
Branch Call Number: 571.8 HOW
Characteristics: 272 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Feb 10, 2015

Approximately one billion years ago, living organisms began having sex. We know this, in part, because of 33 fossilized acts of intercourse. Since then, every type of animal on Earth has engaged in some sort of coitus. In Sex on Earth, zoologist and writer Jules Howard examines the sexual behavio... Read More »


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ChristchurchLib Feb 10, 2015

Approximately one billion years ago, living organisms began having sex. We know this, in part, because of 33 fossilized acts of intercourse. Since then, every type of animal on Earth has engaged in some sort of coitus. In Sex on Earth, zoologist and writer Jules Howard examines the sexual behavior of everyday creatures, from ducks ("The Cloaca Monologues") to slugs ("Land of the Sexless Zombie Time-Travellers") and more. Nature and Science newsletter February 2015.

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