Friday, 14 June 2013

How we do it

The subtitle of this new book is The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction. Nobody is better qualified to discuss that than Bob Martin, an anthropologist based at Chicago's Field Museum. Although written for a general audience, there is no attempt to dumb down the material.

Human reproduction has many unique features even in relation to other primates and this book provides a comprehensive overview and the necessary evolutionary context. It is useful background for scientists who might be steeped in particular aspects (such as placentation) but not in others (menstruation or lactation). For readers stimulated to explore further there are excellent scientific reviews by the same author (e.g. here and here). 

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