Praise for Melvin Patrick Ely and Naama Zahavi-Ely's English Translation of
Amotz and Avishag Zahavi's
The Handicap Principle
Among the most revolutionary and controversial concepts in
modern behavioral biology is the Handicap Principle developed by the
Zahavis. After initially encountering resistance, it has been receiving
increased acceptance for its success in explaining an enormous variety
of animal behaviors and anatomical structures, from gazelles' seemingly
suicidal displays to men's beards. Read this fine book, and discover
what the excitement is all about!
--Jared M. Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates
of Human Societies and The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future
of the Human Animal
This fascinating, provocative, insightful, and
controversial book will charm, inform, and sometimes infuriate all of
those interested in understanding animal and human communication.
--Paul Ekman, Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Francisco
Elegantly written, exhaustively researched, and
consistently enlivened by equal measures of insight and example, The
Handicap Principle illuminates virtually every kind of animal
The Handicap Principle is an important new theory that
explains many seemingly diverse problems in evolutionary biology. This
book is highly readable yet rigorous enough for specialists.
--Bruce D. Neville, Library Journal
The Handicap Principle fills a rare niche in scientific
books--namely, a book in which the scientific ideas are presented
honestly and accurately, in a clear and interesting way, without
talking down to non-specialists.
--Walter J. Bock, BioScience