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Valentine’s Day. A day where we celebrate love in all its many forms. In keeping with the holiday’s theme of romantic love and the art of courtship, complete with candy hearts and flying babies slinging arrows, we take a moment to celebrate a slightly different version of this same story. After all, much of the brilliant beauty in nature exists because attracting another is a critical component to a species survival. It’s the reason birds sing, flowers bloom and, as Matt Podolsky explains, California Condors dance.

Recommended holiday reading: Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson

From Good Reads: “If you have ever wondered why women always bite your head off or why one guy gets all the girls, if you have ever pondered why some men bring you balloons while others leave you their genitals, then Dr Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation is the book for you. It explains all this and much more. It discloses the best time to have a sex change, how to have a virgin birth, when to seduce your sisters or eat your lover. Quirky and brilliant, it takes as its starting point all creatures great and small worried about their bizarre sex lives, and the letters they write to the wise Dr Tatiana, the only agony aunt in all creation with a prodigious knowledge of both natural history and evolutionary biology.

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