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A Natural History of Parenting: From Emperor Penguins to Reluctant Ewes, a Naturalist Looks at Parenting in the Animal World and Ours
Natural History of Parenting: From Emperor Penguins to Reluctant, by Allport, Susan
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published February 25th 1997 by Harmony
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Nov 22, 2015 Antonietta rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Un bel saggio, anche se ormai ha quasi vent'anni, che spiega in maniera chiara lo stato degli studi sulle strategie animali dell'accudimento parentale. La regola madre resta quella scoperta da Darwin, la selezione naturale, declinata anche come regola del gene egoista. Naturalmente tra le tante strategie si approfondisce anche quella umana, l'animale che più di ogni altro risente dei condizionamenti culturali e meno di comportamenti innati, pur non essendone completamente immune. L'attaccamento ...more
This book is making me more annoying that usual. Today I told a bored friend, "Did you know that marsupials can produce two completely different types of milk from their two mammary glands? Or that high-society baboon moms are more likely to have daughters and low-class baboons are more likely to have sons, because of upward mobility within baboon troops (p 92)? Or that great-white-sharks, lacking a placenta to nourish babies while inside their mommies, EAT EACH OTHER until they are born??" This ...more
I was completely caught up in the mysteries of biology and parenting and also in the personal tales by the author! If you want to know why females and males differ so much in their tendencies of selectivity vrs promescuity, or why our ancestors adapted altricial characteristics (helplessness in young) this is the book to answer those questions in an informative, yet easy to understand and fun read! Although some of it is like a review of my animal physiology and other such bio courses from colle ...more