Odd Couples by Daphne J. Fairbairn
Extraordinary Differences between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom

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...printed on quality paper stock with charts, tables, color photos, notes, appendices, references, and a glossary, Odd Couples was written for but does not talk down to the nonspecialist. Odd Couples is a perfect gift for the budding zoologist in your family.
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While we joke that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, our gender differences can’t compare to those of many other animals. For instance, the male garden spider spontaneously dies after mating with a female more than fifty times his size. And male blanket octopuses employ a copulatory arm longer than their own bodies to mate with females that outweigh them by four orders of magnitude. Why do these gender gulfs exist?

Introducing readers to important discoveries in animal behavior and evolution, Odd Couples explores some of the most extraordinary sexual differences in the animal world. Daphne Fairbairn uncovers the unique and bizarre characteristics of these remarkable species and the special strategies they use to maximize reproductive success. Fairbairn also considers humans and explains that although we are keenly aware of our own sexual differences, they are unexceptional within the vast animal world.

Looking at some of the most amazing creatures on the planet, Odd Couples sheds astonishing light on what it means to be male or female in the animal kingdom.

 

About Daphne J. Fairbairn

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Daphne J. Fairbairn is professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside. She has written widely on the science of sexual differences and is the coeditor of "Sex, Size, and Gender Roles".
 
Published April 28, 2013 by Princeton University Press. 298 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Robert Schaefer on Apr 28 2013

...printed on quality paper stock with charts, tables, color photos, notes, appendices, references, and a glossary, Odd Couples was written for but does not talk down to the nonspecialist. Odd Couples is a perfect gift for the budding zoologist in your family.

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