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Animal homosexuality
Aldo Poiani

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Animal homosexuality
a biosocial perspective
Aldo Poiani ; with a chapter on primates by Alan Dixson

Published 2010 by Cambridge University Press in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Homosexuality is an evolutionary paradox in search for a resolution, not a medical condition in search for a cure. Homosexual behavior is common among social animals, and mainly expressed within the context of a bisexual sexual orientation. Exclusive homosexuality is less common, but not unique to humans. Poiani and Dixson invite the reader to embark on a journey through the evolutionary, biological, psychological and sociological aspects of homosexuality, seeking an understanding of both the proximate and evolutionary causes of homosexual behavior and orientation in humans, other mammals and birds. The authors also provide a synthesis of what we know about homosexuality into a biosocial model that links recent advances in reproductive skew theory and various selection mechanisms to produce a comprehensive framework that will be useful for anyone teaching or planning future research in this field"--

Table of Contents

1. Animal homosexuality in evolutionary perspective
2. The comparative study of homosexual behaviour
3. Genetics of homosexuality
4. Ontogenetic processes
5. The endocrine and nervous systems : a network of causality for homosexual behaviour
6. Immunology and homosexuality
7. Sexual segregation effects
8. The social, life-history and ecological theatres of animal homosexual behaviour
9. Homosexual behaviour in primates
10. A biosocial model for the evolution and maintenance of homosexual behaviour in birds and mammals.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
QL761 .P65 2010

The Physical Object

xvi, 558 p. :
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Internet Archive
0521196752, 0521145147
9780521196758, 9780521145145
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