[UCP Books]: Dawn of the Deed: The Prehistoric Origins of Sex
“You are now holding a compromise between a book that you should carry hidden inside an opaque bag, and a sober, respectable scientific treatise. It’s a deliciously written account of the evolution of sex, in all of its bizarre manifestations. Read, blush, and enjoy!”
Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel
“Erotica for empiricists.”
Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic Magazine
The Prehistoric Origins of Sex
by John A. Long
|Publication Date: November 1, 2012||978-0-226-49254-4|
Inspired by this incredible find, Long began a quest to uncover the paleontological and evolutionary history of copulation and insemination. In The Dawn of the Deed, he takes readers on an entertaining and lively tour through the sex lives of ancient fish and exposes the unusual mating habits of arthropods, tortoises, and of course—mammals. Long discusses these significant discoveries alongside what we know about reproductive biology and evolutionary theory, using the fossil record to provide a provocative account of prehistoric sex. The Dawn of the Deed also explores fascinating revelations about animal reproduction, from homosexual penguins to monogamous seahorses to the difficulties of dinosaur romance and how sexual organs in ancient shark-like fishes actually relate to our own sexual anatomy.
John Long is vice president of research and collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. His other books include, most recently, Frozen in Time: Prehistoric Life of Antarctica and The Rise of Fishes. He is available for interviews.
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