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The Resource A taste for the beautiful : the evolution of attraction, Michael J. Ryan

A taste for the beautiful : the evolution of attraction, Michael J. Ryan

Label
A taste for the beautiful : the evolution of attraction
Title
A taste for the beautiful
Title remainder
the evolution of attraction
Statement of responsibility
Michael J. Ryan
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • From one of the world's leading authorities on animal behavior, the astonishing story of how the female brain drives the evolution of beauty in animals and humans
  • "Darwin developed the theory of sexual selection to explain why the animal world abounds in stunning beauty, from the brilliant colors of butterflies and fishes to the songs of birds and frogs. He argued that animals have "a taste for the beautiful" that drives their potential mates to evolve features that make them more sexually attractive and reproductively successful. But if Darwin explained why sexual beauty evolved in animals, he struggled to understand how. In A Taste for the Beautiful, Michael Ryan, one of the world's leading authorities on animal behavior, tells the remarkable story of how he and other scientists have taken up where Darwin left off, transforming our understanding of sexual selection and, in the process, shedding new light on human behavior. Drawing on cutting-edge work in neuroscience and evolutionary biology, as well as his own important studies of the tiny túngara frog deep in the jungles of Panama, Ryan explores the key questions: Why do animals perceive certain traits as beautiful and others not? Do animals have an inherent sexual aesthetic and, if so, where is it rooted? Ryan argues that the answers to these questions lie in the brain--particularly of females, who act as biological puppeteers, spurring the development of beautiful traits in males. This theory of how sexual beauty evolves explains its astonishing diversity and provides new insights about the degree to which our own perception of beauty resembles that of other animals. Vividly written and filled with fascinating stories, A Taste for the Beautiful will change how you think about beauty and attraction."--Jacket flap
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ryan, Michael J.
Dewey number
591.56/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QL761
LC item number
.R93 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sexual selection in animals
  • Sexual attraction
Label
A taste for the beautiful : the evolution of attraction, Michael J. Ryan
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why all the fuss about sex? -- Why all the whining and chucking? -- Beauty and the brain -- Visions of beauty -- The sounds of sex -- The aroma of adulation -- Fickle preferences -- Hidden preferences and life in pornotopia -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn983824902
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 200 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780691167268
Lccn
2017007479
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691167268
  • (OCoLC)983824902
Label
A taste for the beautiful : the evolution of attraction, Michael J. Ryan
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why all the fuss about sex? -- Why all the whining and chucking? -- Beauty and the brain -- Visions of beauty -- The sounds of sex -- The aroma of adulation -- Fickle preferences -- Hidden preferences and life in pornotopia -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn983824902
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 200 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780691167268
Lccn
2017007479
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691167268
  • (OCoLC)983824902

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