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Description - Homosexual Behaviour in Animals by Volker Sommer

Behavioural observations from both the field and captivity indicate that same-sex sexual interactions are widespread throughout the animal kingdom, and occur quite frequently in certain non-human species. Proximate studies of these phenomena have yielded important insights into genetic, hormonal and neural correlates. In contrast, there has been a relative paucity of research on the evolutionary aspects. Homosexual Behaviour in Animals seeks to redress this imbalance by exploring animal same-sex sexual behaviour from an evolutionary perspective. Contributions focus on animals that routinely engage in homosexual behaviour and include birds, dolphin, deer, bison and cats, as well as monkeys and apes, such as macaques, gorillas and bonobos. A final chapter looks at human primates. This book will appeal to graduate students and researchers in evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, zoology, evolutionary psychology, animal behaviour and anyone interested in the current state of knowledge in this area of behavioural studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521864466
ISBN-10: 0521864461
Format: Hardback
(247mm x 180mm x 25mm)
Pages: 394
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Volker Sommer

Paul L. Vasey is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Volker Sommer is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology in the University of London.