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A brilliant and important exercise in exposing the limitations of received opinion, this book presents to the lay reader and specialist alike an exhaustively argued. by. Bruce Bagemihl. · Rating details · ratings · 25 reviews. Biological Exuberance is a book of great queer science. Two ganders who work together as . A good thing about science is that, given enough time, it will eventually correct itself. Biological Exuberance by Bruce Bagemihl illustrates that self-correcti.

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The massive evidence of the wondrous complexity of sexuality in the natural world that Bagemihl has marshaled will inform, entertain, and persuade academic and lay readers alike.

The second half roughly of the book is a very successful attempt to alleviate that problem for future researchers; it gives detailed, specific descriptions of homosexual as well as non-reproductive heterosexual behavior in dozens of species. Biological Exuberance cites numerous studies on some species see List of animals displaying homosexual behavior showing that homosexual and bisexual behaviors are exuberxnce among animals and proposes a theory of sexual behavior in which reproduction is only one of its principal biological functions.

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Biological Exuberance Review

Homosexua Animals are totally gay. Both male and female homosexual pairs in many species form exyberance childraising bonds, for example several gull, tern and goose species amongst birds, and among mammals the list includes grizzly bears, red foxes, warthogs, seals and even cheetahs.

Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, filled with fascinating facts and astonishing descriptions of animal behavior, Biological Exuberance is bagsmihl landmark book that will change forever how we look at nature. Most of us are familiar with homosexuality in bonobo societies, but this book delves into many other marine and land mammals, birds and more to further solidify the fact that homosexuality is in no way “unnatural.


As stated succinctly by James Lovelock, “as diversity increases, so does stability and resilience. Archived from the original on February 17, Really good so far In our human arrogance, from the 50s when I was studying Biology Jan 11, Clifton rated it it was amazing. Create a personal account to register for email alerts with links to free full-text articles. Biological Exuberance affirms life in all its richness, abundance, and complexity.

See and discover other items: Oct 20, Baemihl rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m just re-reading the first pages in preparation for something Exubernce writing, but I’ll go ahead and log this so that I can give this niological book the five stars it deserves.

Jan 26, Delia rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about Biological Exuberanceplease sign up. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is a great book for learning about animal sexual behavior in general, and same-sex behavior in particular. When I started reading this chapter I began to wonder if I had accidentally picked up a different book, but in the end he makes a connection between the myths and biological reality. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

This page was last edited on 10 Octoberat Texas[6] the case which ultimately struck down sodomy laws across the United States. This is something that is all-encompassing. Bagemohl, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People. He also shows that a lot of the sex that actually occurs is not for reproduction, but apparently for pleasure. In some cases, though, it resulted in published studies being repudiated as much as 20 years later when it was discovered that what was presumed to be heterosexual behavior in a population was really entirely homosexual.


Supreme Court case Lawrence v. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Add bological to Cart Add both to List. Bagemihl rejects all the proposals on both sides, demonstrating the weakness of all the explanations and typically showing that they are plainly inconsistent with the evidence of animal behavior.

Dec 19, Chon Mkliiry rated it really liked it. In other words, an bioloigcal bedside read. Sexual and gender expression in the animal world displays exuberant variety, including same-sex courtship, pair-bonding, sex, and co-parenting–even instances of lifelong homosexual bonding in species that do not have lifelong heterosexual bonding.

I thought that was very important, especially for such a potentially red-flag subject.

A Must for anybodys collection. Mar 23, marcali marked it as to-read. In this often lively, but sometimes overwhelmingly encyclopedic study and listing of homosexual diversity in the animal kingdom, the author has done a phenomenal job of bringing science into a popular idiom so that the animal behavior he details i s understandable to the layperson.

The first part of the book is an independent page exposition of homosexual, bisexual and transgendered animal sexuality. Two female bears raising their four cubs together? Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.