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Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom Hardcover – 28 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (28 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691141967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691141961
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,928,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of American Association for the Advancement of Science's Books for General Audiences and Young Adults 2014

I found reading the book like taking a holiday in a foreign land with an enthusiastic and expert guide. You will come back with good stories, and a new appreciation of the amazing diversity of life on Earth and the forces shaping it.---Suzanne Alonzo, Nature

I understand much more about these creatures now that I've read this lively new book. . . . [L]ike all of the examples in this fine book, it's far from a traditional marriage.---Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History

Such insights into the lives of animals are what makes Odd Couples so enjoyable, and Fairbairn always takes an evolutionist-eye view to try to understand them.---Kate Douglas, New Scientist

When we discuss gender roles, we tend to think only of a narrow range of species conforming to our preconceptions about dominant men and domestic women. Fairbairn explodes these preconceptions. . . . [F]ascinating reading.---Danielle Clode, Australian

[A]n amazing story. . . . [A]n easy and enjoyable read. . . . It is ambitious, it is an excellent natural history chronicle and it is a nice encyclopedia of sexual differences. Overall, a good one for the library.---D. J. Hosken, Current Biology

[T]his accessible volume is well organized, and its impressive helpings of technical details never impede readability.---Adrian Barnett, BBC Wildlife Magazine

Odd Couples is a very informative and enjoyable book for anyone interested in animal life history. . . . I can recommend it for any interested naturalist whether professional or nonprofessional.---Roger D. Applegate, Canadian Field Naturalist

Be prepared to be entertained and fascinated by this stimulating and provocative book. It is certain to spark your curiosity. Fairbairn lakes us on a romp through the animal kingdom. . . . This book provides ample incentive for continued investigations.---Ann Hedrick, Ecology

Odd Couples present[s] a fun and enlightening plunge into the natural history of some very exceptional animals, along with an authoritative and accessible summary of current evolutionary theory on sex differences.---Robert Cox, Reports of the National Center for Science Education

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"If you want to find out why adult male elephant seals can weigh more than four times as much as an adult female, whereas female blanket octopuses are truly enormous compared to their tiny male partners, this fascinating book is for you. Daphne Fairbairn not only introduces us to some exceptional animals but she also provides evolutionary explanations for why males are much larger (or much smaller) than females of their species. A great topic and a great read for layperson and biologist alike."--John Alcock, author of Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach

"Odd couples indeed! Fairbairn takes us on a journey through oceans, grasslands, beaches, and backyards, plunging us into the worlds of nature's most weird and wonderful creatures, all to answer one question: why are males and females different? By tackling extremes--such as male octopuses forty thousand times lighter than their mates, and parasitic male seadevils who fuse themselves to the bellies of females--she deftly illustrates how a common set of concepts can connect them all. A thoroughly enjoyable read."--Doug Emlen, coauthor of Evolution: Making Sense of Life

"A fascinating natural history account of some extreme and unfamiliar examples of sexual differences among animals. A real eye-opener."--Mark Elgar, University of Melbourne

"This unique, ambitious, and engaging book educates general readers about animal behavior, physiology, life history, and evolution using sex differences as its theme. Quite an achievement and a pleasure to read."--Allen J. Moore, University of Georgia

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