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The ant and the peacock : altruism and sexual selection from Darwin to today

Author: Helena Cronin
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An enthralling account of the arguments about altruism and sexual selection raging since Darwin's day.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helena Cronin
ISBN: 052132937X 9780521329378
OCLC Number: 123238928
Description: 490 pages
Contents: Foreword; Preface; Part I. Darwinism, Its Rivals and Its Renegades: 1. Walking archives; 2. A world without Darwin; 3. Darwinism old and new; Part II. The Peacock: 4. The sting in the peacock's tail; 5. Nothing but natural selection?; 6. Can females shape males?; 7. Do sensible females prefer sexy males?; 8. 'Until careful experiments are made ...'; 9. Ghosts of Darwinism surpassed; Part III. The Ant: 10. Altruism now; 11. Altruism then; 12. The social insects: kind kin; 13. Make dove, not war: conventional forces; 14. Human altruism: a natural kind?; 15. Breeding between the lines; Epilogue; Notes on the letters of Darwin and Wallace; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Helena Cronin.

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'Part detective story and part philosophical enquiry, The Ant and the Peacock offers a paradox in every paragraph.' J. G. Ballard, Weekend Telegraph 'Nobody with an interest in how the human mind has Read more...

 
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