A peek at How We Do It


Robert Martin, How We Do It

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Robert Martin's How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction (Basic Books, 2013). The preview consists of chapter 5, "Growing a Large Brain," in which Martin discusses the connection of brain evolution and reproduction, commenting, "Brain evolution in mammals, in particular regarding the outstanding size of the human brain, has been much studied. Yet despite all the attention, the strong connection between reproduction and brain development has often passed unmentioned."

Robert Martin is the A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago, as well as a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. Neil Shubin writes, "“Robert Martin is one of our leading researchers on human biology and evolution, having made a career of generating novel and game-changing conclusions about why our bodies and organs look the way they do. In How We Do It, he brings his authoritative voice to a compelling, readable, and enlightening account about human reproduction."