How We Do It by Robert Martin
The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction

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This comprehensive study covers the evolution of reproductive systems at the biological, social and sexual levels...A fascinating treatment of a complex subject.
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Despite our seemingly endless fascination with sex and parenting, the origins of our reproductive lives remain a mystery. Why are a quarter of a billion sperm cells needed to fertilize one egg? Are women really fertile for only a few days each month? How long should women breast-feed? In How We Do It, primatologist Robert Martin draws on forty years of research to locate the origins of everything from sex cells to baby care—and to reveal what’s really “natural” when it comes to making and raising babies. He acknowledges that although it’s not realistic to reproduce like our ancestors did, there are surprising consequences to behavior we take for granted, such as bottle feeding, cesarean sections, and in vitro fertilization. How We Do It shows that once we understand our evolutionary past, we can consider what worked, what didn’t, and what it all means for the future of our species.
 

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Robert Martin is the A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago, as well as a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. He was previously on the faculty of University College London, a visiting professor of anthropology at Yale, a visiting professor at the Musée de l'Homme, Paris, and the director of the Anthropological Institute in Zurich.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Basic Books. 322 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by MARLENE ZUK on Jul 19 2013

Mr. Martin's humble but crucial acknowledgment that biology is unavoidably complicated—that we can't capture millennia of evolution or decades of research in glib sayings about the sexes' planetary origins or in single surveys of psychology undergraduates—is what makes "How We Do It" so compelling.

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This comprehensive study covers the evolution of reproductive systems at the biological, social and sexual levels...A fascinating treatment of a complex subject.

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