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Homosexuality in Animals and Humans // Just Like Other Animals #36

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Published on Apr 7, 2015

There are many funny statements on homosexuality. But the funniest we’ve ever heard is "Homosexuality is against nature". Nature would also laugh, would it be able to. 1500 animal species, from dragonflies and lizards to elephants and deer, display homosexual behaviour.

Biologists choose their words carefully to describe homosexual behaviour in animals, because we don't know yet whether it's caused by homosexuality - sexual attraction between members of the same sex - or by homosociality - same sex relationships that are based on social benefits. But no matter what we say about homosexuality, there will be controversy at the end. And that's a great reason to talk about it.

Just Like Other Animals (Все как у зверей) tells stories about the origin of people and similarities in human and animal behaviour. Watch our selected videos with English subtitles - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Read more on homosexuality and homosexual behaviour in animals and humans:

1. Homosexuality in humans:
- Dick Swaab, "We are our Brains: From the Womb to Alzheimer’s" - http://www.amazon.co.uk/We-Are-Our-Br...
- William Kremer, "The evolutionary puzzle of homosexuality" - http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-2608...
- Claire Bryson, "The Neuroanatomy of Homosexuality" - http://www.bu.edu/thenerve/archives/s...
- Andy Coghlan, "Largest study of gay brothers homes in on gay genes" - http://www.newscientist.com/article/d...
- Simon LeVay, "A difference in hypothalamic structure between heterosexual and homosexual men" - https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pi...
- "Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2013" - http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhs... http://www.washingtonpost.com/nationa...
- Camperio Ciani A., Cermelli P., Zanzotto G. "Sexually Antagonistic Selection in Human Male Homosexuality" - http://journals.plos.org/plosone/arti...

2. Homosexuality and homosexual behaviour in animals:
- Volker Sommer, Paul L. Vasey, "Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: An Evolutionary Perspective" - https://www.google.pt/books?id=KXM3F5...
- Nathan W. Bailey, Marlene Zuk, "Same-sex sexual behavior and evolution" (PDF) - http://www.faculty.ucr.edu/~mzuk/Bail...
- Frans de Waal, "Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape" - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/88...
- Charles E. Roselli, "The Development of Male-Oriented Behavior in Rams" - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...
- Michael Le Page, "Evolution myths: Natural selection cannot explain homosexuality" - http://www.newscientist.com/article/d...

Written and presented by Evgeniya Timonova, directed and filmed by Serge Fenenko, comics by Akuaku, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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