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How Human Sex Life Compares To The Birds And The Bees

Penguin Group (Canada)

The publisher of Nature's Nether Regions begins the book summary this way: "What’s the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals."

On Tuesday's Up to Date, evolutionary biologist and author Menno Schilthuizen takes Steve Kraske through "the ways the shapes and functions of genitalia have been molded by complex Darwinian struggles".  They'll examine what the sexual organs of other species tell us about the evolutionary process, biodiversity, and ourselves.  Learn how we humans rate when our sex lives are compared to that of animals.


  • Menno Schilthuizen is a Dutch evolutionary biologist, ecologist, and permanent research scientist at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands.  He is the author of Nature’s Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs; Birds; and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves.


Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.