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Darwin's Explanation of Races by Means of Sexual Selection (2012)


Darwin provided a great deal of evidence for sexual selection in nonhumans. Much of that evidence was lacking for humans, and human cases differed from nonhuman. Darwin's argument for the origin of human races was (atypically) poor. Explaining race does not appear to be his main reason for taking up sexual selection. Darwin's reasons for discussing sexual selection in the Descent of Man are unclear.

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Authors & Contributors
Hamlin, Kimberly Ann
Sharp, Patrick B.
Ruse, Michael
Radick, Gregory
Prochiantz, Alain
Moore, James
Comptes Rendus Biologies
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of the History of Biology
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Bulletin of Latin American Research
American Quarterly
Arizona State University
University of Chicago Press
Princeton University Press
Pickering & Chatto
Human evolution
Sexual selection
Science and race
Science and gender
Darwin, Charles Robert
Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa Brown
Wharton, Edith
Joyce, James
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Hurston, Zora Neale
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Progressive Era (1890s-1920s)
18th century
17th century
Great Britain
United States
South America

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