[Press]: The Dawn of the Deed: The Prehistoric Origins of Sex

“From sharks that mate while doing a headstand on the ocean floor to ducks with enormous corkscrew penises, Long humorously details the how and why of that funny little act we call sex. . . . Also, two words: T-rex sex.”

 Now in Paperback

The Dawn of the Deed

The Prehistoric Origins of Sex

John A. Long


Publication date: 15 May 2014 ISBN-13: 978-0-226-14349-1 Paper $17.00



“From male guinea pigs that deposit copulatory plugs to hinder competitors, to dust mites that inseminate their partners by stabbing their abdomens, it's impossible to read The Dawn of the Deed without a wry smile or raised eyebrow.”—New Scientist



“Combining thoughtful science with sheer fun, this book is impossible to put down. . . . Long looks at evidence from the fossil record, examines mating patterns and sexual preferences of living animals, and discusses the attributes of various sexual organs (including the size and speed of ejaculations for males of many species). The book is far from prurient, even though it’s intriguing to hypothesize how 70-ton dinosaurs might have copulated. Long provides great insight into the process of science and makes the compelling case that understanding the history of sexual congress offers incontrovertible documentation of the evolutionary process.”—Publishers Weekly


John A. Long is vice president of research and collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. His other books include, most recently, Frozen in Time: Prehistoric Life of Antarctica and The Rise of Fishes. He is available for interviews. Please contact Carrie Olivia Adams at 773-702-4216 or cadams@press.uchicago.edu for more information.




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