Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity

Bruce Bagemihl

Homosexuality in its myriad forms has been scientifically documented in more than 450 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and other animals worldwide. Biological Exuberance is the first comprehensive account of the subject, bringing together accurate, accessible, and nonsensationalized information. Drawing upon a rich body of zoological research spanning more than two centuries, Bruce Bagemihl shows that animals engage in all types of nonreproductive sexual behavior. Sexual and gender expression in the animal world displays exuberant variety, including same sex courtship, pair bonding, sex, and co parenting; even instances of lifelong homosexual bonding in species that do not have lifelong heterosexual bonding.

status Copy #1 (4024): in
genre Hard Science » Ecology
publisher St. Martin's Press
publish date January 15, 1999
popularity checked out 4 time(s)


  • By Sebastian (John) -

    If you want an authoritative counter to the oft-repeated statement that “homosexuality is not normal” this book is it. Documenting same-sex mating in something like 450 species, Bagemihl clearly demonstrates that nature is far more creative in sexual matters than most folks can imagine. Equally important is his discussion of how a “Victorian” mindset distorted early studies of animal behavior, and even continues to this day. An excellent book.

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