Raised by Animals: How Dolphins Bond, Why Meerkats Babysit, and Other Lessons from Families in the Wild

Author(s): Jennifer L Verdolin


From a leading animal behaviorist, an often humorous look at the many surprising parallels between human and animal parents In Raised by Animals, evolutionary biologist Jennifer L. Verdolin, PhD, invites parents, animal lovers, and science buffs to explore the wild world of parenting in the animal kingdom--and its implications for human families. Weaving together research on both human and animal behavior, she draws fascinating (and sometimes shocking) parallels in a narrative that's packed with interesting tidbits. Find out why newly hatched goslings imprint on anything that moves, and how Mexican free-tailed bats can identify their pups among literally millions of others (it's not unlike how human mothers recognize their babies' cries)! Plus, gain insight from Mother Nature on the big questions of child-rearing, from birth to "leaving the nest"

  • Does attachment parenting have evolutionary roots?

  • Do more attractive offspring benefit from favoritism?

  • And, how can we better understand our own families?

In a sense, we are all raised by animals--and that may not be such a bad thing!


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Praise for Wild Connection Verdolin takes a lighthearted, pop-science approach toward applying some biologically deterministic lessons to her own romantic life, looking for analogies to mainstream heterosexual dating behavior throughout the animal kingdom. Publishers Weekly Verdolin answers . . . personal questions through the lens of animal courtship and mating behavior, often with sharp wit. The Scientist Verdolin is an excellent writer, her text is a pleasure to read, and it will be of especial interest if you love good science readings. Yet those who are not much into science will also enjoy this volume. The book is full of enjoyable stories and examples both from the animal world and human interactions. City Book Review Amust-read for anyone interested in a detailed, science-based, easy-to-read, entertaining, and penetrating discussion of what the birds, the bees, and many other nonhuman animals tell us about our own mating rituals, from that initial attraction to courtship to orgasms. For sure, this fascinating book will open the door to an understanding and appreciation of the fact that we are first and foremost animals, and that it s perfectly okay to speak about the taboo topics that usually accompany conversations about sex. I learned a lot from this landmark book. Marc Bekoff, author ofWhy Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed"

General Fields

  • : 9781615193448
  • : Experiment LLC, The
  • : Experiment LLC, The
  • : 0.34
  • : March 2017
  • : 224mm X 150mm X 25mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jennifer L Verdolin
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 591.563