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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Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity by Bruce Bagemihl

Michigan State UniversityDepartment of Zoology. The only copies that were exuberannce available privately to researchers were translated into Greek, to prevent this knowledge becoming more widely known. 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 In addition to sexual behavior, same-sex pigeon pairs will build nests, and hens will lay infertile eggs and attempt to incubate them.

Be the first to ask a question about Biological Exuberance. Males produce alarm pheromones to reduce such homosexual mating.

Francisc Simon rated it it was amazing May 22, The Pursuit of Pleasure. Open Preview See a Problem? It reignited my passion for zoology.

Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity

The results discovered was that as the dosage was increased the likelihood of homosexual behavior also increased. A book that should silence the natural law crowd – not that nature is normative anyway. In humans, the term is used to describe individual sexual behaviors as well as long-term relationships, but in some usages connotes a gay or lesbian social identity.


Biological Exuberance cites numerous studies on some species see List of animals displaying homosexual behavior showing that homosexual and Bruce Bagemihl is a Canadian biologist, linguist, and author of the book Biological Exuberance: Jan 08, Audrey rated it liked it Recommends it for: The essence of Biological Exuberance is that natural systems are driven as much by abundance and excess as they are by limitation and practicality.

Buddy and Pedro, a pair of male African penguinswere separated by the Toronto Zoo to mate with female penguins. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Natural History Museum, University of Oslo. Archived from the original on Often, strong and lasting friendships result from such pairings.

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We are not ‘in’ nature, but ‘of’ nature, so everything we do is by definition ‘natural. Nov 26, Bill rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Bonobo sex often occurs in aggressive contexts totally unrelated to food. MacmillanJan 15, – Science – pages.

Our website uses cookies to enhance your experience. Other editions – View all Biological Exuberance: 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. Bagemihl proposes that group cohesion and lessening of tensions, seen for example among bonobos, are other important functions of sexual behavior. Published June 3rd by Profile Books first published January 15th Females will form ” consortships ” characterized by affectionate social and sexual activities.

Great coffee table or bathroom book.

While the homosexual bonding system biologicwl bonobos represents the highest frequency of homosexuality known in snd primate species, homosexuality has been reported for all great apes a group which includes humansas well as a number of other primate species. Sexual selection rut Lordosis behavior Homosexual behavior Canid African wild dog coyote dingo domestic dog gray wolf red fox Dolphin Elephant European badger Felidae lion tiger cheetah domestic cat Fossa Hippopotamus spotted hyena Marsupial kangaroo Pinnipeds walrus Primates human bonobo gorilla olive baboon mandrill ringtailed lemur sexual swelling Raccoon Rodent Short-beaked echidna.


The two male vultures raised the chick together. Mary randomly found this in a library in Providence, and I can’t believe I’d never heard of it!

Homosexual behavior in animals

Exclusive homosexuality with mounting and anal penetration in this solitary species serves no apparent adaptive function. Create a free personal account to access your subscriptions, sign up for alerts, and more. Dec 19, Chon Mkliiry rated it really liked diversitj.

The males spent time in each other’s society, guarded animall common territory, performed greeting ceremonies before each other, and in the reproductive period pre-marital rituals, and if one of the birds tried to sit on the other, an intense fight began.

Reprinted in Jahrbuch fur sexuelle Zwischenstufen 7pp. Sexual activity between wild males typically involves mounting and anal intercourse.

Feb 07, Leah rated it really liked it Shelves: Numerous scholars are of the opinion that varying levels either higher or lower of the sex hormones in the animal, [37] in addition to the size of the animal’s gonads, [24] play a direct role in the sexual behavior and preference exhibited by that animal.