Nature's Nether Regions

  • by Menno Schithuizen
  • Narrated by Steven Menasche
  • 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The story of evolution as you’ve never heard it before. What’s the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals. Researching private parts was long considered taboo, but scientists are now beginning to understand that the wild diversity of sex organs across species can tell us a lot about evolution. Menno Schilthuizen invites listeners to join him as he uncovers the ways the shapes and functions of genitalia have been molded by complex Darwinian struggles: penises that have lost their spines but evolved appendages to displace sperm; female orgasms that select or reject semen from males, in turn subtly modifying the females’ genital shape. We learn why spiders masturbate into miniature webs, discover she dungflies that store sperm from attractive males in their bellies, and see how, when it comes to outlandish appendages and bizarre behaviors, humans are downright boring.
Nature’s Nether Regions joyfully demonstrates that the more we learn about the multiform private parts of animals, the more we understand our own unique place in the great diversity of life.


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A New Favorite

The author's use of humor made the subject matter, ahem, quite enjoyable to read/listen to. It was the perfect mix between scientific and silly. My only complaint is that Menasche oftentimes mispronounced or didn't say words altogether, which is an issue with a book as science-based as this one.
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- S. Pepper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC