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Why is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality

Popular Science

Series: Science Masters

By: Jared Diamond (Author)

214 pages, 2 illustrations

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Paperback | Mar 2015 | #221211 | ISBN-13: 9781780226880
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Paperback | Mar 1998 | #77384 | ISBN: 075380154X
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Hardback | Dec 1997 | #65314 | ISBN: 0297817752
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Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do humans have sex any day of the month or year, including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years, or between her fertile cycles? Why are human females one of the few mammals to go through menopause?

Human sexuality seems normal to us but it is bizarre by the standards of other animals. Jared Diamond argues that our strange sex lives were as crucial to our rise to human status as were our large brains. He also describes the battle of the sexes in the human and animal world over parental care, and why sex differences in the genetic value of parental care provide a biological basis for the all-too-familiar different attitudes of men and women towards extramarital sex.

First published in 1997.

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Jared Diamond is Professor of Physiology at the Medical School of the University of California, Los Angeles. Trained in phsyiology, he later took up the study of ecology and has made fundamental contributions to both disciplines. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee (which won the British Science Book Prize in 1992) and Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the last 13,000 Years, also a winner in 1998. 

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