The Ant And The Peacock: Altruism And Sexual Selection From Darwin To Today

byHelena CroninForeword byJohn Maynard Smith

September 24, 1993|
The Ant And The Peacock: Altruism And Sexual Selection From Darwin To Today by Helena Cronin
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The "ant" and the "peacock" stand for two puzzles in Darwinism--altruism and sexual selection. How can natural selection favor those, such as the worker ant, that renounce tooth and claw in favor of the public-spirited ways of the commune? And how can "peacocks"--flamboyant, ornamental and apparently useless--be tolerated by the grimly economical Darwinian reaper? Helena Cronin has a deep understanding of today's answers to these riddles and their roots in the nineteenth century; the analysis is new and exciting and the explanations lucid and compelling.
Title:The Ant And The Peacock: Altruism And Sexual Selection From Darwin To Today
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:508 pages, 1 X 1 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:508 pages, 1 X 1 X 1 in
Published:September 24, 1993
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780521457651

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