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The female of the species

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Since Charles Darwin, evolutionary biologists have been convinced that the males of the animal kingdom are the interesting ones: dominating and promiscuous, while females are dull, passive, and devoted. In her book entitled Bitch, Zoologist Lucy Cooke tells a different story. Whether investigating same-sex female albatross couples that raise chicks, murderous mother meerkats, or the titanic battle of the sexes waged by ducks, Cooke shows us a new evolutionary biology, one where females can be as dynamic as any male. This isn‘t your grandfather’s evolutionary biology. It’s more inclusive, truer to life, and, simply, more fun.

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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.