A Taste for the Beautiful


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Michael J. Ryan is the Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology at the University of Texas and a Senior Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.


“A hugely enjoyable book written with authority, easy charm and a great deal of wit. . . . This is science communication as it should be done: authoritative but never dull, engaging but never dumbed down. . . . [A] beautiful book.”—Times Higher Education

“Delightful and enlightening.”—Natural History

“Ryan charms readers with his account of attraction in the animal kingdom, including humans.”—Scientific American

“How Darwin would have loved a book such as this.”—BBC Wildlife

“Ryan offers much to enjoy in his provocative book.”—Publishers Weekly

“Replete with entertaining stories of the sexual marketplace that we and the rest of the animal world inhabit."—Kirkus Reviews

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