Biological Exuberance by Bruce Bagemihl illustrates that self-correcti. Sexual Behavior: Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. Bruce Bagemihl, Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, New York: St. Martin’s Press, , pp., $ This book is in two parts. A Publishers Weekly Best Book One of the New York Public Library’s “25 Books to Remember” for Homosexuality in its myriad forms has been.

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Homosexual behavior in animals

Even if you alr I’m just re-reading the first pages in preparation for something I’m writing, but I’ll go ahead and log this so that I can give this mind-blowing book the five stars it deserves. Two male vultures at the Allwetter Zoo in Muenster built a nest together, although they were picked on and their nest materials were often stolen by other vultures.

This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Nov 26, Bill rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Sign in to download free article PDFs Sign in to access your subscriptions Naturql in to your personal account.

Homosexual behavior is quite common in wild marmots. Both male and female pigeons sometimes exhibit homosexual behavior. Mallards form male-female pairs only until the female lays eggs, at which time the male leaves the female.

Such encounters are often associated with affectionate interactions, such as kissing, trunk intertwining, and placing trunks in each other’s mouths. Texas as evidence that homosexual behavior is natural, and formed the basis for the museum exhibition Against Nature?.

A kangaroo with both a female pouch and male sex organs? Dewey, Tanya; Shefferly, Nancy, eds. Create a free personal account to access your subscriptions, sign up for alerts, and more.

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In some diverskty up to one quarter of the females form such bonds, which vary in duration from a anlmal days to a few weeks. Can I just say to Bruce Bagemihl, few have ever done such service to the general public with a book. Michigan State UniversityDepartment of Zoology.

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The first female may sniff the other’s genital region or nuzzle that region with her mouth. Mary randomly found this in a library in Providence, and I can’t believe I’d never heard of it! Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. Archived from the original on January 23, Sexual behavior of lions.

There is evidence of same-sex sexual behavior in at least species of insects and arachnids. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity

The author tries to cram every single example he found into this massive book – highly repetitive and laden with dense text. News to Save the Earth. Who’s been keeping all this a secret?

In PaedagogusClement of Alexandria noted that the hyena along with the hare was “quite obsessed with sexual intercourse”. Whether you are interested in evolutionary biology, sociobiology, the continuum of “human” behaviors found in animals, or just telling that douchebag at the bar who says “homosexuality isn’t natural” that he’s full of shit, this book delivers. Whole Earth Magazine archived by archive.

Additionally, a female may gently chew on the ear or neck of her partner, who responds by raising her tail. To ask other readers questions about Biological Exuberanceplease sign up. Sign in to save your search Sign in to your personal account. In Marchresearch showed that serotonin is involved in the mechanism of sexual orientation of mice. Males produce alarm pheromones to reduce such homosexual mating.

But bonobos are quite tolerant, perhaps because they use sex to divert attention and to defuse tension.

Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity by Bruce Bagemihl

This is the rare science book that is both thorough AND entertaining. Biologist Bagemihl, who formerly taught cognitive science at the I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in animal behavior.


My favorite part is reading how field scientists have covered up, condemned and made excuses in scholarly publications for the obviously gay behavior of the animals they were studying The male-male genital diverxity in these bats is considered a sexual behavior.

University of Chicago Press. In Thelma and Louisetwo female King Penguins at Kelly Tarltons in Auckland, New Zelandhave been in a relationship for 8 years, when most of the other eligible penguins switch partners each mating season, regardless of their orientation, are both taking care of an egg that Thelma recently hatched, but is unknown whether it was fertilized, as penguins can “lay fertilised eggs after a male and a female mate – rather than the egg being fertilised after it laid”.

The behaviour is hormone driven and synchronizes with the emergence of estrus heatparticularly in the presence of a bull. NafuralJan 15, – Science – pages. Biology and sexual orientation Cross species sex Freemartin Hermaphroditism in animals Homosexuality and psychology Innate bisexuality List of animals displaying homosexual behavior Non-human primate experiments Norms of reaction Plant sexuality Sexual orientation Sexual orientation and medicine disambiguation Xq Often, strong and lasting friendships result from such pairings.

Study of this unique genitalia and aggressive behavior in the female hyena has led to the understanding that more aggressive females are better able to compete for resources, including food and mating partners. Not a great read-through, though.

The book is huge, but only the first pages are text, the rest is more of an encyclopedia of homosexual and transgender behavior of animals To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.