THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTY: HOW DARWIN'S FORGOTTEN THEORY OF MATE CHOICE SHAPES THE ANIMAL WORLD-AND US. Richard O. Prum. Anchor Books, Penguin Random House, New York. 2019: 428 pages, 21 color photographs. ISBN 978-0-345-0457-0. $17.00 (paper).–I missed this book when it came out in the cloth edition, but have received a copy of the paperback, so better late than never that the WJO provides a review of this important synthesis of thinking on the evolution of mate choice in animals. This is a subject near and dear to me, as I did doctoral and postdoctoral studies of birds of paradise, perhaps the prime example of runaway selection and extreme ornamentation in birds (and featured in some of Prum's color illustrations and discussions). The hardback edition of this book was reviewed widely and favorably in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. It...

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