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Evolution's Rainbow by Joan Roughgarden
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Sep 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: animal, anthroplogy, gender-and-sexuality, evolution, you-should-read-this
Read from September 24 to October 06, 2011

All in all a very informative book. Compared to what it covers albeit very short of course.
Many of the information regarding the different genders in many species is very interesting.
However, I don't agree with everything and especially her definition of what defines a genetic disease is a bit naive in my eyes and only applicable under the conditions of natural selection. In animal breeding many breeders could claim that all those degenerations are adaptive and bind the animals closer to them, no matter how many other sideeffects these traits cause. Furthermore you could say in such a case that the traits can't be defects because they are so common. With her definition you could fully justify the breeding of flat-faced pugs and too small Pekinese.

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