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The Differences between the Sexes - R. V. Short

The Differences between the Sexes

By: R. V. Short (Editor), E. Balaban (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd October 1994
ISBN: 9780521448789
Number Of Pages: 496

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In most animals, from bees to bulls, mice to men, it is possible to see at a glance whether an individual is male or female. How and why these differences in appearance and behavior developed and the nature and extent of the differences between males and females is a complex subject. This book reviews the latest molecular, genetic, hormonal, anatomical, and behavioral data in a wide range of species in a series of lively and highly readable articles from the world's leading experts in this field. Unashamedly Darwinian, this book brings sexual selection up to date and discusses not only a dazzling array of differences between the sexes, but probes the mechanisms by which they are produced and the adaptive significance of the differences themselves. It should have a wide appeal, especially to undergraduates and graduates in the biological and medical sciences, and should help to bridge the gap between those who study genes and molecules in the laboratory and those who study the behavior of animals in the wild.

'A beautiful collection of reviews and essays on one of the central problems of modern biology ... excellent value for money for researchers and students alike.' A. Loudon, New Scientist ' ... encourages argument based on scientific observation.' John Bignall, The Lancet 'This book will be read with pleasure by anyone who is a biology graduate and who has a deep curiosity about animals. Its outstanding strengths are the panoramic breadth of its subject matter, the authority of its authors and (with a few exceptions) the accessibility of its language. I would not hesitate to recommend it as an undergraduate text.' Trends in Genetics

Foreword
Preface
Overview
Why sex? R. V. Short
Constraints to parthenogenesis D. Crews
Somatic Dimorphisms Across the Species
Explaining the evolution of unexpected sex differences
Sexual dimorphism in the Hymenoptera
Sex change in fishes - how and why
Teeth, horn and antlers: weapons of sex
The evolution of sexual size dimorphism in primates
Sexual Dimorphisms in Organ Systems
Translating gonadal sex into phenotypic sex
Sexual dimorphisms in the gonads of marsupial mammals
Regulation of sexual dimorphism in rat liver
Sex differences in sounds and their causes
Brain structure: causes and consequences of brain sex
Sexual Dimorphisms in Behaviour
Hormone-behaviour interactions and mating systems in male and female birds J
Behavioural dimorphisms in African elephants
The costs of sex differences
Pheromones: the fruit fly's perfumed garden J
Genetic and Environmental Control of Gonadal Sex
Evolution of mammalian sex chromosomes
Mammalian sex-determining genes
Bizarre mammalian sex-determining mechanisms
Environmental control of gonadal differentiation
Afterword; A man's a man for a' that
A few chromosomal differences among friends
Index
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ISBN: 9780521448789
ISBN-10: 0521448786
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 3rd October 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.72