NewSouth, Incorporated, 2013 - 48 pages
In this volume, excerpted from Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy (NewSouth Books, 2013), Debbie Folkerts tackles the controversial topic of sexual selection, competition between members of the same sex for possession of mates and/or the choosing of mates by the members of one sex. Folkerts deftly describes the controversy among biologists over whether sexual selection is distinct from natural selection or just a special case of the latter. With numerous examples, from cannibalistic spiders to colorfully gaudy bird and flower displays, Folkerts makes this little-known and poorly understood subject come alive. She convincingly argues that, as is almost always the case, Darwin's 150-year-old ideas are still on the mark.
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