Author(s): Jules Howard
1,000 million years ago, a sexual revolution occurred on Earth. Sex happened for the first time; from this moment the world became ever more colourful and bizarre, ringing with elaborate songs and dances, epic battles, and rallying cries as the desires of males and females collided, generation after generation. All of your ancestors took part and succeeded - an unbroken chain of sex right back to the dawn of complex life on Earth. Well done you. Well done everything. The world in which we live rings, bleeds, and howls with sex. It's everywhere. Right now warring hordes are locking horns, preening feathers, rampaging lustfully across the savanna, questioning the fidelity of the ones they love. Birds are singing, flowers bloom. A million females choose; a billion penises ejaculate (or snap off); a trillion sperm battle, block and tackle. Sex made planet Earth sexy. Written in a brilliantly engaging style by biologist Jules Howard, this fascinating and highly readable work covers the how and why of sex on Earth, in all its diversity. From sperm wars to cuckoldry, hermaphrodites and virgin births, spent males, racy harems, clitoral births, hips, breasts and birdsong, penis-percussion, and those riskiest and most elusive of all traits, monogamy and true love, all this and more is discussed in Sex on Earth, as Jules takes us on a voyage of discovery of the ins and outs of animal reproduction.
A journey of discovery through the ins and outs of reproduction in the animal kingdom
Jules Howard is a zoologist, author, blogger and broadcaster. He writes on a host of topics relating to animal life, and appears regularly in BBC Wildlife Magazine and on TV and radio, including Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, BBC's The One Show, BBC Breakfast and on BBC Radio 5 Live. Jules also runs a social enterprise that has brought almost 100,000 young people closer to the natural world. He lives in Northamptonshire with his wife and two children. @juleslhoward / www.juleshoward.co.uk
Introduction: Yang Guang, Thank You, Ma'am Chapter 1: Jurassic Pork Chapter 2: The Irascible Hulk Chapter 3: Waiting for Frog 'O' Chapter 4: The Cloaca Monologues Chapter 5: The Aedeagus Complex Chapter 6: The Town that Sperm Built Chapter 7: Land of the Sexless Zombie Time-travellers Chapter 8: The Human Frequency Chapter 9: The Insurmountable Hump Chapter 10: The Pink in Evolution's Rainbow Chapter 11: Mite of the Living Dead Chapter 12: The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 13: Sex: The Arena Tour Chapter 14: My Chemical Romance