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The Nature of Sex: The Ins and Outs of Mating in the Animal Kingdom

The Nature of Sex: The Ins and Outs of Mating in the Animal Kingdom

作者 : Carin Bondar

出版社 : WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON

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定價 : NT 550

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你對性有多了解?
與生物科學家科琳‧邦達爾一同探索動物王國最意想不到的性愛科學


今天的你,想到性了嗎?性是所有動物界中最自然的行為之一,但你可曾想像過,若把人類與動物五花八門的性行為相比,絕對超乎你的想像。在動物的世界中,有時候擁有性生活是無比艱難的,甚至有時充滿暴力及致命性。有的動物有著宛如剃刀的性器官、交配後把伴侶吃掉、甚至在性行為的過程中如同生化戰一般危險。和人類一樣,動物也需要找到最完美的伴侶才能繁衍後代,你以為這樣的困難只有人類才有?你能想像在尋找伴侶的過程,還要被虎視眈眈的獵捕者襲擊嗎?就算卵子與精子成功相遇,你的伴侶也有可能因為稍有不滿而引發殺機。

最終任務還要確認後代能安全長大,確保生命生生不息,這些無數的艱難「性任務」,都一一發生在大自然中。透過生物學家科琳‧邦達爾生動及有趣的敘述,一同探索自然世界的無限驚奇。

Thought about sex today?

Of course you have! It's about the most natural thing any animal can do. But have you ever wondered how human sex compares to that of other beasts? It's far from merely inserting part A into slot B. The sex lives of our animal cousins are fiendishly difficult, infinitely varied and often violent.

They involve razor sharp penises, murderous cannibals and chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes. Like us, animals must first find the perfect partner. You think we have it tough?

Try having to do it while being hunted down by predators, against a backdrop of unpredictable or life-threatening conditions. Then, sperm and egg must successfully meet. Can you imagine doing this when your partner is intent on killing you or when other disgruntled singles are determined to throw you off your game? The next task is to ensure that the resultant offspring reach sexual maturity in order to keep the cycle going. The myriad ways in which this is accomplished is ingenious. Join Carin Bondar on a fascinating journey from puberty to old age across the entire animal kingdom - it will forever change your idle daydreams about the nature of sex.
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