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Raised by Animals: The Surprising New Science of Animal Family Dynamics

Jennifer L. Verdolin

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Paperback (BC)
01 Sep 2017
The Experiment
304 pages - 228 x 152 x 21mm


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 recognise 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!
From a leading-edge evolutionary biologist with a knack for (and lots of experience) speaking to nonscientists, an accessible, often humorous pop science book to engage, enlighten, and delight parents and everyone who’s ever wondered about how our human family dynamics compare to others’ in the animal kingdom.
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