Raised by Animals: The Surprising New Science of Animal Family Dynamics


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About the Author

Jennifer L. Verdolin, PhD, is an animal behavior researcher specializing in social and mating behavior and a scholar in residence at Duke University. Her work has been featured on NPR and in Wired, Scientific American, and many other media outlets. Her weekly radio segment, "Think Like a Human, Act Like an Animal" is a regular feature on the nationally syndicated D.L. Hughley Show (broadcast on 43 stations in 17 states). Dr. Verdolin also writes a Psychology Today blog. Her first book, Wild Connection, explores what animal mating can teach us about human relationships.
Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has published more than thirty books, is a former Guggenheim Fellow, and was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for long-term significant contributions to the field of animal behavior.


"Fascinating observations. . . . [Verdolin] compares animal behavior to human behavior and explains how we can use this information to be better parents."--Washington Post

"A stunningly informative guide to child rearing."--HuffPost

"[Verdolin] blends memoir, self-help, and popular science, and readers get a taste of hard science with her extensive references to the research literature. . . . Moms and dads--those open to different perspectives on bringing up baby--will find this an enlightening read, as will those who enjoy popular science."--Library Journal

"A rich source of anecdotes that are scattered over the animal kingdom."--Choice

"I've read A LOT about animals, but rarely have I encountered science presented so invitingly--and so brimming with fresh insight. I learned something new on almost every page. It's an especially perfect book for expecting parents and those of young children."--Jeffrey Masson, New York Times-bestselling author of When Elephants Weep

"In this terrific read, Verdolin beautifully weaves the science and stories of our own family lives with those of animals we once saw as 'other, ' reminding us that we aren't the only species for whom family is everything."
--Jennifer S. Holland, New York Times-bestselling author of the Unlikely Friendships series

"Combining a sumptuous array of examples from nature with personal experiences, Jennifer Verdolin delivers a lively tour through the rich landscape of raising young. The take-home lesson for me was clear: human-animal parallels abound in child-rearing styles, and we are by no means the gold standard."--Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows