Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals
Adolescence is a difficult time as one transitions from a sheltered life to independence. This book explores the in-between stage in various species (calling it “Wildhood). The intent is to highlight similarities between human adolescence and adolescence experienced by other species.
To keep a coherent narrative, the book explores four major themes: safety (leaving the comfort and safety of home), Status (navigating hierarchy), Sex (courtship, relationship, and consent), and self-reliance (sustaining the specie). Each theme focuses on a particular adolescent’s journey. Readers share the experience of safety with Ursula, a king penguin, who ventures into leopard seal infested waters. They learn about Shrink, a spotted hyena, as he navigates the hyena hierarchy. They follow Salt, a humpback whale, as she finds love. They journey with Slavc, a European wolf, as he journeys across the Alps in winter. Along the way, readers meet several other (non-human) adolescents. The narrative is not shy about drawing parallels between non-human and human behavior and urges, and at times these parallels stretch too far.
The book is filled with various examples from several species, representing a vast amount of research. However, its scope and style preclude deeper dive into the underlying research, thus leaving readers to trust the assertions made. Overall, well-written and an excellent read for those looking to find similarities between humans and other animals who share our planet.
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|Author||Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz|
|Page Count||368 pages|
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|Category||Science & Nature|