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Sexual selection
Gould, James L., 1945-
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New York : Scientific American Library : Distributed by W.H. Freeman, [1989]

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viii, 277 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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QL761 .G68 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A survey of the many mating systems and strategies practiced by species ranging from microorganisms through insects and birds to mammals, including humans. Fine color photos. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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An excellent presentation of the benefits that all species, from viruses to humans, derive from genetic selection and recombination--the result of sexual selection. The authors have taken sections of the typical, first year college-level biology textbook and updated them with new, and relatively unknown, information and insights. Among the topics emphasized are mitosis, meiosis, genetics (both Mendelian and that of DNA-RNA of Watson and Crick and those who continued along the path they blazed), embryology, evolution, ethology, and ethnology. There is subtle and understated humor throughout in both the writing and the examples--the delightful chapter, "Stratagems and Deceit" is a case in point. Some of the illustrations, such as those pertaining to bacterial reproduction, viral invasion of cells, comparison of embryos of vertebrates, the life cycle of a fern, and the evolution of the long neck of the giraffe (a la Darwin) will be well known to those familiar with typical beginning college biology textbooks. Paper and binding are of high quality, and the type is easily legible. No extensive bibliography, but a "Selected Readings" section lists books, magazines, and journals matched to relevant chapter. Teachers will find excellent examples of the scientific method in action. Hypotheses are proposed and tested, data collected, and conclusions drawn. Both school and college collections. -W. Lener, Nassau Community College