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The Aesthetic Animal$
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Henrik Hogh-Olesen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190927929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190927929.001.0001

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What a Sexy Tale!

What a Sexy Tale!

Key Stimuli and Attraction: Aesthetics in the Animal Kingdom

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The Aesthetic Animal

Henrik Hogh-Olesen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 explores even further back in evolutionary history and examines whether there are traces of the aesthetic impulse in species other than our own. Do other species have a sense of aesthetics? Do they make aesthetic choices, and do they exhibit examples of aesthetic behavior? Among other things, this chapter looks at bird song and crane dance. It follows the fascinating bowerbirds as they create their remarkable and colorful constructions. And it follows the action as experiments are conducted with chimpanzees in the lab. The chapter also discusses honest signals, innate sensibilities, sexual selection, and the evolution of beauty.

Keywords:   bower birds, chimpanzees, comparative aesthetics, evolution of beauty, honest signals, innate sensibilities, key stimuli, mandrill, peacocks, sexual selection

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