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Mating Males
An Evolutionary Perspective on Mammalian Reproduction


  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521159579

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  • Examining mating from the male perspective, this book provides an overview of mammalian reproduction to illustrate the important role that male desire plays in the life of mammals. Written in a conversational style that will appeal to those without specialist knowledge of the field, it begins with a broad overview of sexual reproduction in mammals, explaining the importance of mixing genes, sexual selection and the concept of mating seasons. Subsequent chapters examine some of the most important aspects in detail including mating behaviour, the structure and function of the male organs of reproduction and their physiological control and modes of copulation. A final chapter considers human reproduction, explaining how our physical and social evolution have contributed to the development of sexual behaviour that is markedly different to that of other mammals, due in particular to the absence of oestrus and seasonality in the human female.

    • Written in a lively and informal style that will appeal to those without specialist knowledge of the field
    • Underscores the importance of oestrus in mammalian mating behaviour, offering a new approach to human sexual behaviour
    • Illustrates the ecological and evolutionary basis of different copulatory strategies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In this book Professor Glover draws on his detailed comparative studies of reproduction to provide insight into the evolution of the male reproductive tract as well as male mating behaviour. He uses his quirky sense of humour to challenge our thoughts on various aspects of the subject, and stimulates us to reconsider some well-entrenched 'facts'. For students, his writing emphasises the importance of challenging dogma, and exposes the excitement of scientific endeavour. Inevitably, some of the questions he raises remain open-ended, providing the challenge for future investigators to examine them further. His easy style makes the book a pleasure to read, it is a 'page-turner' that gathers one up in the excitement of discovery and the development of ideas about an important subject.' Michael Bryden, University of Sydney

    '… biologists will learn a lot from [this book] …' The Biologist

    '… an easy and almost soothing read … interesting and informative. … Glover knows the male mammal's reproductive system like the back of his hand, and Mating Males is a useful introduction to the subject for biologists, students, and even curious general readers.' The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521159579
    • length: 210 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 62 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The system
    2. The preamble
    3. The equipment and the product
    4. The scrotum
    5. The delivery
    6. The human male

  • Author

    Tim Glover, University of Queensland
    Tim Glover is Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Queensland. He has written over 100 papers on male reproduction and is the co-editor of Male Fertility and Infertility (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

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