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!
—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