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HOW THEY DO IT

by Robert A. Wallace

Morrow; 172 pages; $9.95

"How do porcupines make love?" asks the old joke. "Very, very carefully."But how do other animals do it? For those who want more serious replies, Biologist Robert Wallace provides some fascinating (and nonprurient) details. Volumes have been written about mating rituals at the top of the food chain. How They Do It demonstrates that the lower animals have rituals that are every bit as varied—or bizarre. Geese, for example, form ménages à trois; bedbugs practice homosexuality; lobsters are rapists, immobilizing mates with their...

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