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Ryan, Michael

A Taste for the Beautiful

The Evolution of Attraction

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

    45,95 € / $52.50 / £41.00*

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    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    June 2019
    ISBN
    978-0-691-19198-0
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    From one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, the astonishing story of how the brain drives the evolution of beauty in animals and humans

    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 shedding new light on animal and human behavior. Drawing on cutting-edge science, Ryan explores 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 lie in the brain—particularly of females, who act as biological puppeteers, spurring the development of beautiful traits in males. Vividly written and filled with fascinating stories, A Taste for the Beautiful will change how you think about beauty and attraction in the animal world and beyond.

    Details

    16 color illus. 8 b/w illus.
    PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Language:
    English
    Readership:
    General/trade;Professional and scholarly;College/higher education;

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    Michael J. Ryan is the Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology at the University of Texas and a Senior Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

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