ISBN: 9781615193448
Publishing: May 2, 2017
Price: $15.95 US
Paperback: 304 pages
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Raised by Animals
The Surprising New Science of Animal Family Dynamics

From a leading animal behaviorist, an often humorous look at the many surprising parallels between human and animal parents

In Raised by Animals, evolutionary biologist Jennifer L. Verdolin, PhD, invites parents, animal lovers, and science buffs to explore the
wild world of parenting in the animal kingdom—and its implications for human families. Weaving together research on both human and animal behavior, she draws fascinating (and sometimes shocking) parallels in a narrative that’s packed with interesting tidbits.

Find out why newly hatched goslings imprint on anything that moves, and how Mexican free-tailed bats can identify their pups among literally millions of others (it’s not unlike how human mothers recognize their babies’ cries)! Plus, gain insight from Mother Nature on the big questions of child-rearing, from birth to “leaving the nest”:

  • Does attachment parenting have evolutionary roots?
  • Do more attractive offspring benefit from favoritism?
  • And, how can we better understand our own families?

In a sense, we are all raised by animals—and that may not be such a bad thing!

“I’ve read A LOT about animals, but rarely have I encountered science presented so invitingly—and so brimming with fresh insight. I learned something new on almost every page. It’s an especially perfect book for expecting parents and those of young children.”
Jeffrey Masson, New York Times–bestselling author of When Elephants Weep

“In this terrific read, Verdolin beautifully weaves the science and stories of our own family lives with those of animals we once saw as ‘other,’ reminding us that we aren’t the only species for whom family is everything.”
Jennifer S. Holland, New York Times–bestselling author of the Unlikely Friendships series

“Combining a sumptuous array of examples from nature with personal experiences, Jennifer Verdolin delivers a lively tour through the rich landscape of raising young. The take-home lesson for me was clear: human-animal parallels abound in child-rearing styles, and we are by no means the gold standard.”
Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows

Jennifer L. Verdolin, PhD, is an animal behavior researcher specializing in social and mating behavior and a scholar in residence at Duke University. Her work has been featured on NPR and in Wired, Scientific American, and many other media outlets. Her weekly radio segment, “Think Like a Human, Act Like an Animal,”is a regular feature on the nationally syndicated D.L. Hughley Show (broadcast on 43 stations in 17 states with 3 million listeners). Dr. Verdolin also writes a Psychology Today blog. Her first book, Wild Connection, explores what animal mating can teach us about human relationships.