By Bruce Bagemihl
Homosexuality in its myriad varieties has been scientifically documented in additional than 450 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, bugs, and different animals around the world. organic Exuberance is the 1st accomplished account of the topic, bringing jointly actual, available, and nonsensationalized info. Drawing upon a wealthy physique of zoological learn spanning greater than centuries, Bruce Bagemihl exhibits that animals have interaction in every kind of nonreproductive sexual habit. Sexual and gender expression within the animal global screens exuberant type, together with same-sex courtship, pair-bonding, intercourse, and co-parenting--even circumstances of lifelong gay bonding in species that don't have lifelong heterosexual bonding.
Part 1, "A Polysexual, Polygendered World," starts with a survey of homosexuality, transgender, and nonreproductive heterosexuality in animals after which delves into the wider implications of those findings, together with a necessary viewpoint on human variety. Bagemihl additionally examines the hidden assumptions in the back of the way in which biologists examine normal structures and indicates a clean point of view in accordance with the synthesis of up to date clinical insights with conventional wisdom from indigenous cultures.
Part 2, "A Wondrous Bestiary," profiles greater than one hundred ninety species within which clinical observers have famous gay or transgender habit. every one profile is a verbal and visible "snapshot" of 1 or extra heavily similar chicken or mammal species, containing the entire documentation required to aid the author's usually arguable conclusions.
Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, choked with interesting evidence and striking descriptions of animal habit, organic Exuberance is a landmark booklet that may swap endlessly how we glance at nature.
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