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on 24 July 2013
Robert Martin is the ultimate authority on the evolution of human sex and reproduction. Ever wondered why sperm count is decreasing? Or how many partners a woman is evolved to have? Or why breast is actually best to grow a hungry baby's brain? Our evolved intelligence and culture give us many choices of how to manage, but Martin tells us the bedrock of our evolution as primates and mammals that underlies our wide range of later choices. A direct, popular style accessible to all, but references drawn from 40 years of expert knowledge. A must for a grad student in the field, and a pleasure for all the rest of us.
Alison Jolly
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on 14 November 2013
This book is viewed by most readers as an authoritative, fascinating and readable account of the evolution of human sex and reproduction. I think it is this and much, much more! Robert Martin has given the study of "other animals" its rightful place in the search for insight into our own species' morphology, physiology, behaviour and ecology. An appreciation of the connections between us and the other primates, mammals and, indeed, all the beings we share the planet with is sorely needed these days. It is the de-linking of humans from the rest of the living world that causes our many universal woes, from poverty to the declining quality of soil, water and air. We should heed Robert Martin's comparative approach in all analyses of the human condition - we will be better off for it, and certainly the biosphere will.
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on 16 January 2014
As an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a particular interest in human reproduction, I found this book just too good to put down. It has answered many questions which are not covered in medical school or specialist training and as such is an invaluable adjunct to our understanding of the evolution of human reproduction. Robert Martin has managed to very succinctly summarise years of his own, and other's, research to produce a very readable book that is as refreshingly humorous as it is informative. Whether in the medical profession or not, you will not be disappointed by this unique book.
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