So Dr Long takes us through time, from fish to amphibians and mammals to hominids and discusses how they all had sex and why penises are the shape they are. He approaches his subject much as he himself sort of 'stumbled' into it, and he shares his journey in a way that is refreshing and disarming.
He writes about how sex affects evolution, the incidence of homosexuality in nature (totally natural) and marks the studies and achievements of many scientists whose work has been forgotten in what up until recently has been a risky area of study. Along the way we catch glimpses into the real world of palaeontology — how decades after a particular fos Anyone interested in the question of how sex evolved will find a most delightful, insightful and fascinating description in this easily readable text.
Along the way we catch glimpses into the real world of palaeontology — how decades after a particular fossil is uncovered and certain postulates tentatively arrived at, new developments, often from other areas, can result in revisiting the original finds and opinions, resulting in further revelations.
Look at how long it took us to find fossil records of feathered dinosaurs. Besides carefully in the case of stegosaurs, with all those spiky bony plates down their spine.1876, some 17 years after Darwin's 'Origin of the Species' was published) that Oscar Hertwig worked out how fertilisation really worked!A fossil is like a compact disc, only, it’ll last one hell of a lot longer and the information stored within it, is a trillion times more fascinating.Some good basic information, especially if you are into marine animals, but not a book to be read from cover to cover.I also would love to check some of the facts, such as speed of erection, in some species. Whilst the content is extremely interesting, the proofreading is fairly poor which can, at times, making reading this book difficult.