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The Resource Darwin and the making of sexual selection, Evelleen Richards

Darwin and the making of sexual selection, Evelleen Richards

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Darwin and the making of sexual selection
Title
Darwin and the making of sexual selection
Statement of responsibility
Evelleen Richards
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Darwin's concept of natural selection has been exhaustively studied, but his secondary evolutionary principle of sexual selection remains largely unexplored and misunderstood. Yet sexual selection was of great strategic importance to Darwin because it explained things that natural selection could not and offered a naturalistic, as opposed to divine, account of beauty and its perception. Only now, with Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection, do we have a comprehensive and meticulously researched account of Darwin's path to its formulation - one that shows the man, rather than the myth, and examines both the social and intellectual roots of Darwin's theory. Drawing on the minutiae of his unpublished notes, annotations in his personal library, and his extensive correspondence, Evelleen Richards offers a richly detailed, multilayered history. Her fine-grained analysis comprehends the extraordinarily wide range of Darwin's sources and disentangles the complexity of theory, practice, and analogy that went into the making of sexual selection. Richards deftly explores the narrative strands of this history and vividly brings to life the chief characters involved. Twenty years in the making and a true milestone in the history of science, Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection illuminates the social and cultural contingencies of the shaping of an important if controversial biological concept.--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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Richards, Evelleen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Sex
Label
Darwin and the making of sexual selection, Evelleen Richards
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 537-633) 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
  • Reading the face of race
  • Good breeding : the art of mating
  • "Better than a dog anyhow"
  • Flirting with fashion
  • Development matters
  • Part II:
  • "For beauty's sake" : the making of sexual selection.
  • Critical years : from pigeons to people
  • Putting female choice in (proper) place
  • The battle for beauty : Wallace versus Darwin
  • Prologue:
  • Writing the Descent : from bird's-eye view to masterful breeder
  • The post-Descent years : sexual selection in crisis, female choice at large
  • Epilogue:
  • Last words
  • "An awful stretcher"
  • Part I:
  • Beauty, brotherhood, and breeding : the origins of sexual selection.
  • The ugly brother
  • Good wives
  • "Bliss botanic" and "cocks heroic" : two Darwins in the "temple of nature"
  • Beauty cuts the knot
Control code
ocn956947766
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxiii, 669 pages
Isbn
9780226436906
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956947766
Label
Darwin and the making of sexual selection, Evelleen Richards
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 537-633) 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
  • Reading the face of race
  • Good breeding : the art of mating
  • "Better than a dog anyhow"
  • Flirting with fashion
  • Development matters
  • Part II:
  • "For beauty's sake" : the making of sexual selection.
  • Critical years : from pigeons to people
  • Putting female choice in (proper) place
  • The battle for beauty : Wallace versus Darwin
  • Prologue:
  • Writing the Descent : from bird's-eye view to masterful breeder
  • The post-Descent years : sexual selection in crisis, female choice at large
  • Epilogue:
  • Last words
  • "An awful stretcher"
  • Part I:
  • Beauty, brotherhood, and breeding : the origins of sexual selection.
  • The ugly brother
  • Good wives
  • "Bliss botanic" and "cocks heroic" : two Darwins in the "temple of nature"
  • Beauty cuts the knot
Control code
ocn956947766
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxiii, 669 pages
Isbn
9780226436906
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956947766

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