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By John C. Avise

While it really is actual that individuals of so much sexually reproducing species will be outlined as both male or girl, those that belong to the remainder of the organic global aren't so easily understood. Hermaphroditic creatures reproduce either as male and as girl members, delivering a desirable glimpse into replacement sexual practices in nature and their ecological and evolutionary successes and failures.

Eloquently written via an award-winning biologist and pioneer in molecular ecology, this primer on hermaphroditism lines the phenomenon all through Earth's myriad species, accounting for the adaptive value of other sexual platforms. available and richly illustrated, the textual content maps the evolutionary origins of hermaphroditism, in addition to its ancient situations and fictional representations, underscoring the relevance of twin sexuality to our organic, highbrow, and cultural making. John C. Avise describes the genetics, ecology, phylogeny, and common heritage of hermaphroditic crops, fish, and invertebrate animals and info organisms that both reproduce concurrently as female and male or swap oftentimes among one intercourse and the opposite. choked with dazzling creatures and compelling revelations, this textbook stands on my own in its transparent but complete remedy of hermaphroditism and its detailed problem to the supremacy of separate sexes.

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