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Survival of the Prettiest

book cover image The Evolution of Beauty

Charles Darwin once said he was "sickened" by the sight of a peacock's tail; its impressive length was contrary to evolutionary fitness. Then he had an idea.

Ornithologist Richard O. Prum discusses Darwin's second theory - aesthetic mate choice - plus, what it means for evolution and for us.

For the New York Times review
For more on sexual selection.
For Darwin on DVD.