Thursday, June 15, 2017
''What Duck Sex Reveals about Human Nature'' Richard Prum
''SPIEGEL: Professor Prum, among all the wonders of nature you were most inspired by the sex of ducks. Why?
Prum: For a long time, I have been fascinated by the sex life of birds. But there is probably no other species where the deep sexual conflict between male and female sex is as blatant as in ducks.
SPIEGEL: And so you started studying their genitalia?
Prum: No, it was actually even more simple than that. I had a prospective post-doctoral student who was looking for something to do, and she was interested in studying genitalia. I said to myself: Well, I have never worked on that end of the bird before. As a result, we studied duck sex intensively for six, seven years..''