Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 147–148 | Cite as

The Manliness of Evolutionary Biology

Men: Evolutionary and Life History. By Richard G. Bribiescas. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 2006. 320 pp., $28.95 (cloth). ISBN 0674022939.
  • Peter B. Gray
Book Review

Mammalian biologists reading this book will find themselves on theoretically familiar terrain. Men features foundational concepts in evolutionary biology and life history theory. We see concepts of extrinsic mortality applied to understand human male age-specific shifts in physiological function. We learn about the physiological mechanisms underpinning human male life history tradeoffs between survival and reproduction. What makes this book a nice contribution to our understanding of males is that it focuses on the human mammal. Accordingly, biologists may find interesting the results of applying these theoretical perspectives to ourselves. And non-evolutionary-minded human biologists and more general audiences may find some new ways to conceptualize how and why we males work.

The author is well positioned to write this book. Over the past decade, Bribiescas has been at the forefront of researchers applying evolutionary and life history to an understanding of human male physiology. He...

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and Ethnic StudiesUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA

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